The pre-event Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) Workshop took place on 5 March 2019, at the eve of the 3rd Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications (GET-19) Innovating together to save lives: using technologies in disaster management, in Balaclava, Mauritius.
Natural hazards are having devastating impacts on people and economies across the globe, but at the same time, incredible growth in ICT networks and services and new communication channels opens opportunities for saving lives and limiting the impact of disasters.
The Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) has been adopted as ITU-T Recommendation X.1303. It is “a simple but general format for exchanging all-hazard emergency alerts and public warnings over all kinds of ICT networks, allowing a consistent warning message to be disseminated simultaneously over many different warning systems, thus increasing warning effectiveness while simplifying the warning task".
This workshop highlighted the benefits of CAP and shared best practices and lessons learned on how to create an enabling environment for leveraging CAP. It was of particular interest to national regulatory authorities, ICT Ministries, disaster management organisations, meteorological/ hydrological agencies, and other emergency stakeholders interested in the sending or receiving of emergency messages among organisations, or to the public.
The workshop showcased and demonstrated that regardless the type of hazard, CAP emergency messages can quickly and efficiently warn people at risk, using all available communication technologies.
The workshop was held in English only.
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