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.
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 Canada.
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