The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has upgraded the state’s ability to keep its citizens warned and informed during emergencies. The state is using Digital Alert Systems DASDEC-II Emergency Operations Center (DASEOC) integrated public alert and warning technology.
The Texas DPS’ Division of Emergency Management installed new DASEOC equipment to activate the Texas Emergency Alert System (EAS) statewide, as well as to send alerts to mobile phones and other systems through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). DPS is the primary source for emergency messages from the governor or other designated state officials.
The DASEOC will serve as the core of the state’s public alert and warning system, simultaneously activating the state EAS relay to radio, TV and cable systems across Texas. The DASEOC will be the state’s primary interface with the FEMA IPAWS network, providing the department with synchronized access to EAS and enabling IPAWS to generate Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) to the cell phone systems. Alerts sent from the DASEOC will be monitored by radio, TV and cable operations across Texas and carried by wireless systems.
The size and geographic diversity of Texas pose numerous hurdles to conventional EAS capabilities. The DASEOC addresses these challenges by allowing DPS officials to create and issue alerts from the device to both the existing EAS system and FEMA’s CAP-based IPAWS system. Texas DPS can send statewide alerts or target the messages to any number of Texas’ 254 counties.
The DASEOC can also relay emergency communications to other CAP systems for use by public safety and emergency management professionals.