Ask Don: FEMA ANS Plan

Don Hall, ECN's Director of Government Relations
Don Hall, ECN’s Director of Government Relations

“We have a Nuclear Power Plant located in our county and we need to upgrade our Alert and Notification System (ANS) Plan with FEMA. Has CodeRED been approved for use as a primary or backup notification system by FEMA in any other jurisdiction’s ANS Plan?” 

The short answer to that question is yes, both.

ECN has been working very closely with emergency planning zone (EPZ) counties, utility companies and FEMA for several years now to provide customized emergency mass notification systems to exceed requirement expectations. We are very familiar with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and FEMA guidelines for ANS Plans and are prepared to assist you with your solution. In fact, we have several partners in other facets of the alert and notification industry that we have teamed with to develop system interface solutions that will enhance your notification capabilities. We have specialized functions in our call development process that were designed specifically for fixed hazardous facilities such as nuclear power plants, chemical plants and fuel storage facilities that assist with defining the evacuation or danger zones to be called. These areas can also be predefined and saved in the system in preparation for an emergency at a known location.

We have several clients that have received approval from FEMA to use CodeRED as a part of their Primary ANS Plan. Depending on the size of the population located within the ten mile emergency planning zone, a mass notification system with a robust and triple-redundant calling infrastructure, such as CodeRED, may be able to meet the notification timeline requirements for the Primary ANS. In most cases, there are one or more alert and notification methods used in tandem during the Primary ANS process such as outdoor sirens, IPAWS and the broadcast media to capture the attention of everyone possible. We highly encourage the use of multiple notification methods for the use of disseminating protective action recommendations to the public for this type of serious emergency.

CodeRED has also been approved for numerous other clients as their backup ANS solution, either in tandem with another delivery method or as a single source that meets or exceeds the parameters of the requirements. The time frame guidelines and expectations are extended greatly during the backup or secondary notification process which again makes your CodeRED system a very viable solution.

Whether utilized as a system for the Primary, backup or as an additional source of mass notification outside of the ANS plan, CodeRED can meet or exceed your needs for emergency mass notification. Call us today toll-free, 866-939-0911 so we can assist you with the development of your ANS plan solution. And as always, please feel free to click here and email any other questions that you may have in this regard.

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ECN opened up the opportunity for you to connect with Don Hall. Hall has spent more than 40 years in public safety so his emergency management experience makes him ideal for helping our current clients, potential customers and the emergency management community to interact with regarding the need and use of mass notification systems for state and local governments.

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