wiki:UserGuidelines/Alerts

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This document documents the Alerting (cap) module on Sahana Eden. (Note: the module is called cap as it acts as a broker to the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP)

User Guidelines - Alerts

Purpose

The Alerting module enables Eden instances to create, aggregate and propagate comprehensive and annotated alert messages. The module also acts as a broker to the Common Alerting Protocol adapted by Governments and NGOs for exchanging alert messages.

Data

Note: the alert data model and its children are more or less identical to those in the CAP 1.2 Specification. The help text next to each field in the UI describes the purpose of these as in the specification document.

  • Alerts -- The qualifiers of the alert message. Includes alert identifier, sender, message type, scope (audience), references to other cap alerts and other fields.
    • Alert information -- An alert can contain more than one information element, the primary purpose of this is to annotate the alert message in multiple languages. An information part of the alert contains fields that are pertinent to the actual subject and characters of the alert. Fields include: language, category of the alert, a short description of the event, expected response type, priority, urgency, severity, certainty, target audience, auxiliary codes and parameters as metadata to the event, time of effectiveness, onset and expiry, name of the sender, headline of the event, a url, contact information etc.
      • Resource -- One or more files attached to the information (could be things like a map of the affected area, documents containing instructions etc.)
      • Area -- Each alert information item may contain one or more area fields which describe the affected geographical area and optionally provide data to place it on a map.
  • Alert templates -- these are a subset of alert and alert information fields which can be filled in before hand and kept ready for use during a time of emergency. This will be part of the pre-planning process for the particular Eden instance. A default empty template is provided on a fresh installation. As a first step of the alert creation procedure you will need to select a template to apply to the alert message.
  • CAP Profile -- These are site-wide configuration settings that can be used for configuring the cap module for a specific region's (usually a country) requirements for disaster preparedness. For an example look at Canadian CAP Profile.

Workflow

The workflow for creation of a CAP alert is as below.

As the first step of the process, you will need to select a template.

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A form is displayed to you after the template has been applied on it. You can edit the alert qualifiers now.

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After you are done and submitted the above form you will be redirected to a page where you can add information about the alert. Fill in the details as it applies

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After saving the alert information you can click on the "Open" button against the information row to edit it further or to add its components such as Area or Resource.

http://i.imgur.com/0LzB4.png

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Click on the "Draw on map" button to open a map to mark the boundary of the affected area.

http://i.imgur.com/V4J92.png

Draw the polygon you want using the polygon tool from the toolbar (active by default when you open the map)

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Close the map and click on save to commit the area to the alert information.


You can now also attach files to the Alert information by going to the "Resources" tab.

http://i.imgur.com/jfIyr.png


Example template

An Alert template usually contains pre-filled information about probable alert messages so that it is easier to broadcast them during emergencies. You should mark up places in the text that need to be changed within a pair of square brackets with capitalized text inside as shown below. If you mark a field as locked, it cannot be edited in the actual alert message that inherits the template and extends it.

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