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The KOOL Kit: provides 72-hour support for 1 person. Long shelf-life contents. At only $30, it costs less than what you might spend assembling a kit on your own AND it saves you time. Packed in a bag that can be used to keep things KOOL! Click HERE>>

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Ultra-Portable, Changeable Message Sign Available for Public Information Applications

Zeeland, Michigan: The new LIGHTNING LED Message Sign from Information Station Specialists makes it possible to reach motorists and pedestrians with important messages quickly. This new “ultra-portable” sign is capable of being positioned in locations where trailer-mounted LED signs cannot, due to its compact size and unique capabilities:

>Hand-Portable Means Speedy Setup: The LIGHTNING LED Message Sign weighs only 32 pounds and is designed to be transported by hand and set up and programmed in fewer than three minutes by one person. It breaks down quickly and stows conveniently in a SUV or car-trunk in its padded, water-resistant carrying bag.

>Universal Application: Because it is not mounted on a trailer, it can go anywhere – indoors or outdoors – and costs a fraction of a trailer-based LED message sign. The LIGHTNING LED Message Sign can be set up and operating instantly on an existing pole or barricade, on the rear of a vehicle (hitch) or on its own quick-erect folding stand.

>Many-Message Capacity: The sign’s memory can store hundreds of contingency messages for immediate call-up. All messages are retained indefinitely, when the unit is in storage – with no external power or battery required.
>Remote/Local Control: Programming happens on the fly via local, wireless remote control or laptop software. LIGHTNING LED Message Signs can even be operated remotely via a wireless modem or hard-wired network.

>Portable Power: The product is unique in that it has an internal AC-rechargeable battery pack option that can power it for two days between charges. Its batteries and charger are contained within the unit and use the latest lithium iron phosphate technology for high capacity and light weight – only 10 pounds. The standard version of the sign can run straight-line DC from a vehicle’s light harness.

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The Global Preparedness Center Publishes Final Report from Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) Implementation Workshop
The American Red Cross (ARC) and the International Federation Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have established the Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC) as a reference center to support innovation and learning in disaster preparedness. As one of 12 reference centers in the international Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) network, the GDPC aims to enhance disaster management–namely preparedness–capacities of Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies through a service-oriented and demand-driven approach to building community resilience.

The GDPC has published the final Report of the 2016 Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) Implementation Workshop, which was held in August 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand, and hosted by the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and the Sahana Software Foundation.

CAP Implementation Workshops focus on emergency alerting as enabled by the CAP standard, ITU-T Recommendation X.1303. At the Workshops, implementors of CAP and associated organizations discuss common issues and how best to expand adoption of CAP.
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