Join us to discuss the history and future of emergency notification systems in the United States. FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert & Warning Systems (IPAWS) are an essential tool in keeping the public safe and informed during a critical event. The Integrated Public Alert & Warning System is FEMA’s national system for local alerts that provide authenticated emergency and life-saving information to the public through mobile phones using Wireless Emergency Alerts, to radio and television via the Emergency Alert System, and on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Radio.
Have you ever received an Amber Alert or seen the EAS message come across your TV set or radio in the car? Now, do you know how that system works? Today we have Wade Witmer, one of the guys behind how emergency messages are sent via the IPAWS, the Integrated Public Alert & Warning System, and the WEA Wireless Emergency Alert system. I have been working with and in the emergency alert world since 2005 when I was working in the Emergency Planning Zone for a nuclear power plant in southern California. Getting messages out to the public promptly is critical to the effective evacuation or other protective measures that may need to be taken during an emergency. The way the system works is a fascinating story in itself.
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