Montgomery County Mass Notification and Public Alerting System Training

The National Capital Region (NCR) uses emergency alert and notification systems to send messages within each jurisdiction when significant events, such as weather and traffic disruptions, impact the local population. In partnership with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), CHHS assisted Montgomery County, one of the Maryland NCR jurisdictions, in its transition to an enhanced platform for their Alert Montgomery and Montgomery County Emergency Network notification systems.

On May 6, 2014, CHHS planned and facilitated a workshop for Public Information Officers (PIOs) from agencies within Montgomery County. During the workshop, PIOs were able to provide input on the public messaging campaign for the roll-out of the new emergency notification system. Training on the enhanced platform was also conducted on June 4, 2014. This training enabled users and managers within the County to practice crafting and sending messages prior to the launch of the new emergency platform. CHHS used information from the training to develop a quick reference guide for sending messages, as well as a recommended Alert Montgomery training calendar based on feedback from participants.

This text is taken from the CHHS Fall 2014 Newsletter

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