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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.

Learn more:

http://www.rapidnotify.com/ipaws.html

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/ipaws-alert-bill-passes-senate-homeland-security/140610

Learn About WEA and IPAWS

More and more government agencies are signing up for access to the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). FEMA has made it easy to learn about the system with a free online course. The goal of the three-lesson course is to provide best practices, increased awareness of the benefits of using IPAWS for effective public warnings, skills to draft more appropriate, effective, and accessible warning messages.

http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-247.a

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), sent via IPAWS, are only just starting to be utilized. They are still largely unknown to the general public. Ready.gov has an extremely helpful PSA video as well as answers to frequently asked questions about the system.

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.

The subject of IPAWS comes up often with our customers and it can be a confusing and complicated system to explain. We updated our comprehensive white paper explaining what IPAWS is, what it can do for you, and how it works in connection with the Rapid Notify system. We highly recommend you download the paper today.

Learn more:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDpcGypv2_U&feature=youtu.be

http://www.ready.gov/alerts

Suggested Changes for Wireless Emergency Alerts

WEAA recent study conducted for the U.S Department of Homeland Security by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) has suggested some fundamental changes to the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA).

Primarily, WEA messages need to be longer suggests the study. Currently WEA messages only offer 90 characters and do not allow a URL to be included. START recommends consideration of adding URLs to WEA messages to direct recipients to websites for additional information.

WEA messages could potentially be more effective if the information is given in a different order. Currently, WEA messages must provide information in the following order: hazard, location, time, guidance and source. START suggests an alternative order: source, guidance, hazard, location and time, to improve likelihood of action taken in response to the message.

Read more:

http://www.emergencymgmt.com/emergency-blogs/alerts/Comprehensive-Study-on-Wireless-Emergency-Alerts.html

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