White Sands Missile Range is getting new Mass Warning and Notification System
WSMR Plans and Operations
The Army’s Emergency Management Modernization Program (EM2P) is in the process of fielding a new Mass Warning and Notification (MWN) system that will cover White Sands Missile Range’s population. The White Sands Missile Range MWN system will provide alerts to registered users through multiple means, to include a computer desktop pop-up, for personnel with access to the garrison network, emails, telephone calls, text messages, social media, Twitter and Facebook, and even via a Smartphone application.
“Currently we have a phone tree notification system and notifications by speakers. The problem is if you’re inside you don’t hear that,” said Dennis Stockwell, Chief of Plans and Operations at WSMR.
The System will help to alert registered personnel, i.e. Military, DA Civilians, Contractors, family members, and retirees, by providing an advanced flow of communications and acknowledgment before, during, and after an incident, keeping personnel informed, obtaining actionable responses, and providing crucial administrative information. This system will make it possible to quickly warn all affected personnel of an actual or impending emergency such as Force Protection Condition changes, anti-terror warnings, natural and weather related alerts, or other emergency situations such as an active shooter. Not only is the White Sands Missile Range MWN system expected to reduce alert times, but it will also provide leadership with real-time information on the status of the emergency notification of garrison personnel during various emergency conditions. In addition, this system can be used for more routine communications such as weather related base notification or traffic restrictions.
“The Department of the Army is trying to standardize the process,” said Stockwell. “It’ll be centrally funded, which is a big plus in the current state of limited resources.”
The system deployment, currently underway, is to provide key Government computer users on the White Sands Missile Range network domain with a capability to receive desktop pop-up alerts, along with an option to register for other alert means. These other notification means include email, home or work, telephone calls, cell phone or landline, text messaging, and a Smartphone application. The White Sands Missile Range MWN system can prioritize the methods of alert based on the scenario, and users receiving the alerts have the ability to provide responses to acknowledge receipt of the message, as well as provide additional status information if requested by the system operator.
In addition, a self-registration capability exists, currently accessible only from military networks; “.mil”, for Common Access Card, CAC, holders to allow those who do not have an assigned government computer on the White Sands Missile Range domain to access the self-registration portal and register for alerts over the same devices as other users, with the exception of Desktop pop-up alerts. Training for the operators and administrators: Emergency Manager/DPTMS personnel, and others, on the MWN system is scheduled for June 10 and 11. This will be followed by a New Equipment Training Seminar, table top exercise, and MWN system drill on June 12 to validate the system’s operational capability.
For more information contact McDonald Jacob at 678-3674.