Objective:The County Governor in Sogn og Fjordane whishes todemonstrate how an effective, robust and cost-efficientsystem for population alerts might function
Why population alerts?Crevasses in mountains closeto fjords represent a tsunamithreat that may require swiftevacuation of inhabitantsDangers associated withmountain crossings duringbad weather were highlightedin the national news 4 Nov.2009. Alerts to warn drivers isa possible measure to Photo: Reidar Müllerenhance safety.http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/hordaland/1.6850096If climate change leads to tougher weather conditions, naturalhazards are inevitably going to represent a greater threat in Norwaythan it does today, intensifying the need for population alerts.
Specification of requirements• A location-based system• Messages to all landlines and mobiles in the area• Both spoken and written message• Understandable to all nationalities• The message must be prioritized by the network• The message must be repeated until received• Two-way communication
Members of the reference groupThe Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE)The Norwegian Road AuthoritiesThe Directorate of Civil Protection Emergency PlanningThe University College of Sogn og FjordaneThe Alarm Central in Sogn og FjordaneE-CO Vannkraft AS, a hydropower companyHelse Førde, the regional hospital districtThe Municipality of AurlandThe Norwegian Civil Defence, Sogn og Fjordane districtThe County Governor in Sogn og FjordaneUnified Messaging Systems ASFram Web ASWestern Norway Reserach InstituteThe Police, Sogn og FjordaneThe Norwegian Broadcasting, Sogn og Fjordane
Latest project news– The Directorate of Civil Protection and Emergency Planning is unable to provide funding for the 2010 testing of the population alert– The Defence Committee (at the Norwegian Storting or parliament) mentions the demonstration project: ”…the majority believes that effective population alerts utilizing modern technology constitute a life-saving and damage-preventing tool which Norway should also use”.