FEMA Tests a New Alert System

“The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Sandia National Laboratories … began small-scale implementations of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) in several Gulf Coast states in August … and other small-scale implementations [are] planned for next year,” reports Federal Computer Week. The emergency alert system “now operates through a cascade arrangement, in which messages are sent to a single, primary point. Then local authorities pick up those messages and retransmit them. Other authorities then pick up the messages, transmit them and so on. By contrast, IPAWS messages can be broadcast to all recipients simultaneously. IPAWS enables officials to send messages to various Internet-connected devices, including personal digital assistants [and] cell phones.” [View article]

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