OASIS Emergency Interoperability Member Section activities and updates:

OASIS Emergency Interoperability Member Section Announces InterOperability Demonstrations at the NIEM National Training Event

OASIS EI Summit InterOp will showcase interoperable applications and tools that
support OASIS Emergency Management standards, including the Common Alerting
Protocol (CAP) and the Emergency Data
Exchange Language (EDXL) suite of standards.  Attendees of the EI Summit and
the NIEM training event will have ample opportunities to view InterOp
demonstrations throughout the event. Demonstrations will address the operational
and economic benefits, as well as coherent frameworks that enable a more
accurate, rapid, coordinated emergency response.  

Advanced EAS Gains Momentum

The process of drawing a roadmap to develop an enhanced public warning infrastructure
is gaining momentum thanks to a renewed collaboration among
stakeholders in the new Emergency Alert System.

FEMA's adoption of the Common Alerting Protocol standard — a text-based, detail-rich system that local and state emergency managers will use to generate
public warning messages — appears to be getting closer.


OASIS Emergency Interoperability Member Section Announces New Steering Committee Members

OASIS Members,
The OASIS Emergency Interoperability (EI) Member Section (MS),, is pleased to announce two newly elected
Steering Committee members; Matt Walton and Jeff Waters. Mr. Walton is an
honorary member of the Emergency Interoperability Consortium (EIC). Mr.
Waters - Computer Scientist at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center
Pacific, US Department of Defense (DoD). The OASIS Emergency
Interoperability (EI) Member Section accelerates the development, adoption,
application, and implementation of emergency interoperability and

OASIS Approves Emergency Data Exchange Standards for Resource Messaging and Hospital Availability

AtHoc, EDS, ESI Acquisition, Sandia National Laboratories, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admistration (NOAA), Warning Systems Inc. (WSI), and Others Collaborate to Facilitate Emergency Communication

FEMA Announces Intention To Adopt Common Alerting Protocol 1.1

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today its intention to adopt during the first quarter of calendar year 2009, an alerting protocol in line with Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) 1.1 as the standard for the Integrated Public Alert and Warnings System (IPAWS).

Emergency Management Committee seeks feedback from CAP users

The OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee seeks input from users who have implemented the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) OASIS Standard. Use cases, requirements for new elements, enhancement to existing elements, and other suggestions are welcome. Feedback will form the basis for discussion and consensus on possible changes and enhancements to CAP.

See the TC's announcement.

U.S. National Weather Service Starts Multi-Phase CAP Improvement Project

According to an article in the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) Aware Report,  the NWS has proposed adding Instruction Field 'markers' into WMO-formatted text Watch/Warning/Advisory/Statements (W/W/A/S). The proposal is designed to improve NWS production of the separate suite of Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) OASIS Standard messages by early 2009 to include distinct event 'Description' and 'Instruction' elements.

US Department of Homeland Security: "CAP Keeps Nation Steps Ahead of Disaster"

The following article was reproduced from the Winter 2008 edition of Interoperability Technology Today, published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Command, Control and Interoperability Division.

CAP Keeps Nation Steps Ahead of Disaster

U.S. Congressional Report Recognizes CAP

A new U.S. Congressional Research Service report, "Emergency Alert System (EAS) and All-Hazard Warnings" recognizes the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) OASIS Standard. The report, prepared for members and committees of the U.S. Congress, describes ongoing measures to improve the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) network and the new Digital EAS. Author, Linda Moore, has been tracking this development from the early days of the Partnership for Public Warning.

EDXL Resource Messaging public review begins

The OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee has approved the Emergency Data Exchange Language Resource Messaging (EDXL-RM) 1.0 as a Committee Draft and submitted the package for public review. This is an open invitation to comment. We strongly encourage feedback from potential users, developers and others, whether OASIS members or not, for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of OASIS work. The public review ends 15 April 2008.

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