Learn how CAP is used worldwide to enhance public alerting systems, to address all types of hazards threats and to leverage all types of communications media.
Broadcasters Leverage the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP).
In your broadcasting role, this module will help you see opportunities to improve public alerting by making use of CAP. We will look at how CAP has greatly improved alerting, especially in contrast with the patchwork of alerting methods typical in communities and nations over decades past.
The all-media, all-hazards approach made possible by CAP is compatible with traditional methods of alerting. Yet, CAP is also designed to take advantage of the latest information and communication technology.
You will see that CAP messages are both human-friendly and machine-friendly, because they carry a mixture of text and data. In countless places worldwide, CAP is helping assure that alerts are timely; that alerts reach everyone who needs them, and that alerts are better at reaching only those who need to be alerted.
CAP makes alerting faster, easier, less error-prone, and more understandable. And, CAP alerts are easily compiled across many sources to support "shared situational awareness".
You will learn about the international register established for distinguishing which alerting sources are officially authorized by governments worldwide.
A sample of CAP-enabled alerting systems will illustrate how far CAP uptake has come, but we'll see some countries have yet to leverage CAP.
From a practical, broadcaster perspective, you will see how you can begin leveraging CAP today by using news feeds at various CAP Alert Hubs.
Here is an outline of the major topics in this presentation.
Eliot Christian is a pro bono consultant to various international organizations including IFRC, ITU, and WMO. He leads the Filtered Alert Hub initiative and he conducts CAP workshops and training in countries worldwide.
Eliot retired from WMO, where he was a chief architect of the WMO Information System and the Global Earth Observations System of Systems. He is also retired from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) where for many years he helped lead broad programs for environmental data sharing. Since 2001, he has been active in developing and promoting CAP, especially internationally.
The Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) is the international standard way to communicate the key facts of any emergency. Learn how CAP is used worldwide to enhance public alerting systems, to address all types of hazards threats and to leverage all types of communications media.