Integrated Public Alert and Warning System
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), USA in partnership with the Sandia National Laboratories has designed and deployed a pilot alert and warning system that would provide a robust, multi-faceted path to ensure effective public communications during a federal, state, or local emergency. Known as the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), the program, is initially supporting several states and local jurisdictions in the United States Gulf Coast region. IPAWS is designed to transform national emergency alerts from audio-only messages delivered over radios and televisions into a sophisticated, comprehensive system that can reliably and efficiently send alerts by voice, text, and video to all Americans, including those with disabilities or who cannot understand English. FEMA’s aim is to deliver targeted alerts and warnings over more communications devices to more people, anywhere, and at any time a disaster strikes. The new IPAWS system will include the deployment of an enhanced Web Alert and Relay Network (WARN) that provides emergency operations staff with collaboration tools, public access web sites and alert and warning notification facilities. WARN also features an “opt-in” capability that allows citizens to sign up to receive alert messages via pagers, cell phones, email, and other communications devices. The WARN system also includes an Emergency Telephone Notification (ETN) component that provides automated calling of all residents in a selected geographic area, and a Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Notification System (DHNS) that provides information to the hearing impaired using American Sign Language videos on the Internet and on personal communication devices. Each of the pilot program technologies will be installed and tested through December 2007. For further details contact : Mike Janes, Tel: (925) 294-2447 E-mail: [email protected] FEMA News Desk, Tel: (202) 646-4600 E-mail: [email protected]
Sector: Disaster Management and Mitigation
Country: India
Area of Application: Disaster prone regions
Keywords: public alert system, public warning system
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