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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

IPAWS Needs Help

FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) program is still in its infancy but unfortunately it is already running into trouble. FEMA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) looking for “best methods for providing a highly reliable and highly available application and data center services” to support IPAWS in the future.

WEA AlertIPAWS was used in many high-profile situations in 2013, but it has become apparent that FEMA does not have the necessary technology infrastructure to continue supporting the system. The RFI states the desire of FEMA to explore “mature commercial software solutions” and “commercial hosting solutions” for the system.

According to FEMA:

“Although IPAWS is only one of many applications that reside within the “FEMA Enterprise” IT infrastructure, IPAWS has some of the most stringent requirements for high availability and reliability. For that reason, IPAWS was called out specifically in the RFI and will be engaged in the review process, seeking alternative hosting solutions that can provide high reliability and availability while also increasing resilience and long term cost efficiencies.”

It is important to note that IPAWS is still fully functional and is an extremely valuable tool when used in connection with the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system. FEMA has no plans to replace or outsource the IPAWS system.

If you are still unsure what IPAWS is and how it works, please take a look at our helpful whitepaper on the subject here.

RFI is posted here: https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=aa537a56ecd5d203a811c0aed94ea413&tab=core&_cview=0

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