BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has completed implementation of the ALERT FM and GSSNet systems across the state, improving the way the state delivers voice and text emergency notifications to the public.
The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness announced Tuesday that it will use the ALERT FM system to send out its emergency alerts, as will emergency managers from all 64 parishes and at colleges and universities across the state.
The GSSNet CAP-EAS system will be used by GOHSEP and Louisiana State Police to broadcast voice-based emergency information including Amber Alerts, evacuation notices, and weather warnings and instructions to TV and radio stations. These systems provide a complete, satellite-based voice and text emergency notification system for the state.
The governor's office said ALERT FM is an FM radio-based emergency notification system that will help Louisiana better keep citizens, schools, businesses, and first responders informed of critical information during natural or man-made disasters.
Around 90 FM radio stations will participate in the ALERT FM network across the state.
Some parishes have already started testing their connection with the site. The free ALERT FM app is currently available for download to Apple and Android devices. The public can also purchase an ALERT FM receiver.