The Canadian Association for Public Alerting and Notification (CAPAN) became the Canadian Public Safety Operations Organization (CanOps) on September 30 2014. CAPAN had voluntarily served the public safety community since July 2008, by developing, incubating, studying and supporting numerous specifications, products and services; including the Canadian Profile of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP-CP) and the international Common Alerting Protocol (CAP), Emergency Management Symbology (and taxonomy), the Canadian Emergency Management Communications Specification - Change Management Process (CMP), the national and New Brunswick Multi-Agency Situational Awareness Systems (MASAS), the National Public Alerting System (NPAS), and the National Alert Aggregation Dissemination (NAAD) System. CanOps continues to do so.
CAPAN CAP Event Location Layer
CAP was developed with elements for specifying the geographical area the alert pertains to, but not where the subject event is taking place. Recognizing the situational awareness value of including an event location in alerts, CAPAN lead the development of the CAPAN CAP Event Location Layer, which has become the common practice for including event information in CAP alerts in the Canadian Multi-Agency Situational Awareness System (MASAS). In 2014, the Layer was included in the NPAS Common Look and Feel Guidance as the practice by which event location is to be included in public alerts. The specification can be downloaded from the table below.
Recognizing the preferred solution is the addition of an event location element within the CAP specification, CAPAN formally proposed that the forthcoming update to the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) include a new element(s) for this purpose.The proposal has received favourable support from the international alerting community supporting the management of CAP, and we are confident the next version of CAP will include such changes.
NPAS Common Look and Feel (CLF) Guidance
The original versions of the National Public Alerting System (NPAS) Common Look and Feel Guidance included a link to the CAPAN website where they were hosted. The latest versions are now hosted by Public Safety Canada at the following web addresses.