IPAWS Modernization Act

amber-alertA recent bill approved by the Senate Homeland Security Committee will potentially expand and update IPAWS. The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act of 2015 was introduced by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-Mo.). The bill seeks to ensure that warnings about natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other threats are disseminated quickly and effectively, as well as including the capability to alert those with disabilities and non-English speakers.

More and more government agencies are signing up for access to the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS).

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), sent via IPAWS, are only just starting to be utilized. WEA emergency messages can be sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier for situations such as extreme weather, and other threatening emergencies in your area, AMBER Alerts, and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.

Contact us today to learn more about how Rapid Notify and IPAWS work together.

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Costco Program for Disaster Purchasing

Costco now has a truckload purchasing program for pre- and post-disaster needs. Pricing is reduced compared to in-store pricing; however the minimum quantity is at least a half-truck load.

Important supplies such as water, food, batteries, and toilet paper can be delivered. You must provide the staff and equipment to unload the truck when it arrives.

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Join the PrepareAthon!

We're In. Are You imageApril 30 is National PrepareAthon! Day. FEMA and Ready.gov have released a helpful digital engagement toolkit designed to help individuals and organizations use social media channels to promote the PrepareAthon! event.

The toolkit includes sample tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram messages to customize and help you raise awareness and engage with your community.

Event timeline and themes:

  • March 15 – 31: Raise awareness about America’s PrepareAthon!
  • April 1 – 15: Share your preparedness action for America’s PrepareAthon!
  • April 16 – 30: Join the national conversation and illustrate your preparedness action with visuals like photos, graphics or the customizable flyers you can find at ready.gov/prepare.

Find more information about America’s PrepareAthon! at www.ready.gov/prepare.

Download the toolkit here: http://www.community.fema.gov/connect.ti/readynpm/view?objectId=3235152


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