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Update: September 12, 2008

NWS is working together with DHS and FEMA through what we believe are the final issues to make HazCollect available nationwide by January 2009.  NWS has installed a backup HazCollect server at Mt. Weather and connectivity has been established with a DHS Data Center.  NWS and FEMA are working jointly on a Non-Weather Emergency Message (NWEM) training module designed for emergency managers and other responsible for writing and issuing NWEMs.  NWS will conduct a HazCollect Follow-on Operational Test and Evaluation from late September to December 5, 2008.  FOTE goals include

  • Test the end-to-end NWEM dissemination from emergency managers' computer to NOAA Weather Radio using the DMIS emergency message creation tool and,
  • Demonstrate dissemination of a NWEM from a third-party incident response system using the DM Open Platform for Emergency Networks (OPEN) interface functionality.

NWS expects to open in December a web-based HazCollect registration process to be completed by emergency managers.

January 11, 2008.  In 2007, NWS and DHS went through a number of program office transfers, staff changes, physical hardware moves and resulting communications infrastructure changes.  The prudent course of action is to wait until NWS and FEMA are reasonably certain of system stability and reliability.

October 31, 2007.  The DMIS and OPEN projects have moved from DHS Office of CIO back to FEMA and server location decisions have been made. The HazCollect project has moved from its project development phase in NWS Office of Science and Technology to its Operations and Maintenance “home” in the NWS Office of CIO. The team is also addressing concerns expressed by NWS management before the system can be fully deployed, including policy issues and resolution of Test Trouble Reports.

March 30, 2007. NWS continues working with DHS to demonstrate the HazCollect Applications Program Interface (API) necessary for Commercial Off-the-Shelf and Government Off-the-Shelf systems to interface with Disaster Management (DM) Open Platform for Emergency Networks (OPEN).  To send NWEMs through HazCollect and other NWS systems, government and commercial incident management applications must interface with DM OPEN and be Common Alerting Protocol-enabled (CAP). DM OPEN enables secure data exchange for sharing emergency alerts or incident-related information through the use of standards-based messages.  There is no charge for the use of these Federal government interfaces.

January 11, 2007.    Information about, pre-requisites for, and a request for third-party system and emergency management client OPEN NWEM API functionality demonstration candidates was emailed to the Emergency Interoperability Consortium (EIC) and the OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee (EM-TC), for distribution and posted here:  Interested parties that able to demonstrate and test OPEN NWEM API functionality may still respond to this request.

Emergency managers familiar with the DMIS Toolkit in California , Florida and Kentucky took part in a successful November 2006 follow-on HazCollect demonstration of the DMIS Toolkit and HazCollect server software.  The demonstration was held to ensure that the discrepancies identified during the HazCollect Operational Acceptance Test (OAT) last summer were fixed and demonstrate end-to-end HazCollect server functionalities between the DHS's DMIS NWEM Toolkit and NWS dissemination systems.   During the testing, emergency managers and NWS staff sent test messages using the DMIS Toolkit, including national test messages broadcast nationwide on NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio and other NWS dissemination systems. 

October 23, 2006. DHS released a draft of the DM OPEN NWEM API specification on September 19.  Significant progress has been made since September in testing the DM OPEN API.

October 18, 2006.   DMIS Web Services v2.3.3 was released. The release announcement listed the Non-Weather Emergency Messages (NWEM) creation tool as one of the updates/enhancements in the new DMIS version. This DMIS feature will not be available until NWS acceptance testing is complete and HazCollect declared ready for national operations.

NWS will open HazCollect registration after NWS acceptance process is complete. Registration will be accessible from this web page.


HazCollect Overview

The National Weather Service is developing the All-Hazards Emergency Message Collection System, HazCollect , to collect and efficiently distribute non-weather emergency messages (NWEM). NWEMs, commonly known as Civil Emergency Messages (CEMs), will be sent through the NWS dissemination infrastructure, other national systems, and to the Emergency Alert System (EAS). 

To originate NWEMs, emergency managers will use the desktop client of DHS's Disaster Management Interoperability Services (DMIS) or other commercial or government (COTS/GOTS/MOTS) incident management software applications to write and post (send) NWEM text messages. DMIS will then relay the NWEM to the HazCollect server for message authorization and dissemination through DMIS and the NWS dissemination infrastructure (and to many other dissemination services), NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, and the Emergency Alert System.  The COTS/GOTS/MOTS incident management applications must be CAP-enabled and interfaced with DHS's Disaster Management Open Platform for Emergency Networks (DM-OPEN).  DM-OPEN is an interoperability infrastructure enabling secure data exchange for sharing emergency alerts or incident-related information between disparate systems through the use of standards-based messages.

Emergency management organizations may learn more about DMIS and register to use DMIS now by visiting the DMIS web site given below. Registration to use HazCollect is expected to start in January-February 2008 with national availability of the HazCollect service before the end of winter. Visit this web site for updates and to register for HazCollect after registration opens.


Disaster Management Interoperability Services Information: DMIS enables the first responder and emergency management staff to share information seamlessly by providing free software to responder organizations. DMIS is one of two major components of the Disaster Management (DM) E-Gov Initiative, part of the President's Management Agenda for making government more focused on people and results. 

The DM E-Gov Initiative goal is to provide easy-to-use, unified access to disaster management knowledge, services and toolsets. The end goal is to achieve an accelerated and improved quality of disaster mitigation and response. The second component, the DisasterHelp.Gov portal, provides information and services to citizens, business, federal, state, and local government and non-profit organizations relating to disaster and emergency response.  DM E-Gov Initiative is managed by the Department of Homeland Security.

DMIS Web Site:

DM-OPEN Special Interest Group Website:

Contact Information

Questions about HazCollect? Contact:
, NWS Dissemination Services Manager, HazCollect Project Manager

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