National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. Launched in 2004, National Preparedness Month is managed and sponsored by FEMA’s Ready Campaign  “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today,” with the aim of educating and empowering Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.

The Ready Campaign relies on everyone to reach out to many different audiences and motivate them to become prepared for disasters and emergencies. FEMA encourages involving community and business leaders in the planning process with the help of its toolkit.

This NPM toolkit includes suggestions for activities and events that state, local, tribal and territorial governments, business, non-governmental organizations, and community organizations could sponsor to promote NPM. This toolkit also includes templates and drafts of newsletter articles, blogs, posters, and other collateral material that you are able to use in various outreach efforts.

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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