Alerting the population

Update on EENA’s Public Warning Document

30 September, 2019

Tornados, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, terrorist attacks…Disasters can hit everywhere, anytime.

More and more, our societies are exposed to natural or man-made disasters. With the increasing occurrence of these events and with climate change triggering more catastrophes, it becomes crucial for countries to adopt or upgrade modern Public Warning Systems.

An effective Public Warning System is key to improving disaster preparedness, awareness, response, recovery and mitigation, since there is no doubt that it can reduce casualties from severe events.

In 2018, the EU decision-makers made modern public warning systems mandatory for all Member States by June 2022. This landmark decision marks a shift of focus from reactive to preventative attitudes when it comes to managing ongoing emergencies.

How can societies become more resilient to disaster?

How can authorities alert people of threats?

In our latest update of the document “Public Warning Systems”, EENA investigates various technologies that are available, comparing and showcasing different initiatives in several countries to build robust and efficient systems. Our document also presents case studies of more than 15 countries worldwide focusing on different approaches, technologies and technical standards.