From Galain President Rick Wimberly’s Blog “Alerts and Notifications: Best Practices For Emergency Notification Programs”

in Emergency Management Magazine

A House sub-committee has approved legislation designed to strengthen IPAWS.  The “Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act of 2013” includes a sweeping description of what IPAWS should become, some of which is underway.

New aspects of the legislation include creation of an IPAWS Modernization Advisory Committee to advise the Department of Homeland Security.  The bill also directs:

  • establishment or adaptions of standards and operating procedures
  • inclusion of capability to alert people with disabilities
  • assurance that training, tests, and exercises will be held
  • incorporation of public alerting training into the National Incident Management System

The bill, approved by the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, also authorizes expenditures of up to $13,400,000 for IPAWS.

More House committee work to be done before the bill goes to the Senate.

All the best,