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June 2012

June 13-14
National Council for Independent Living (NCIL) Annual Conference, WDC  

Event is run by and for people with disabilities.   NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals and IPAWS is committed to meeting the needs of Americans with access and functional needs.

IPAWS objectives:

  • Successfully highlight the ability of any Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) /Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) compliant communication technology, particularly including those designed for people with access and functional needs, to integrate with IPAWS
  • Engage, educate, and gain support for the adoption and implementation of IPAWS among those who use and develop communication technologies for people with access and functional needs
  • Solicit feedback from key leaders from industry and provide a venue for robust discussions on making public alerts and warnings accessible to people with access and functional needs and discuss emerging technology and ongoing commercial and federal initiatives that might be leveraged in support of the access and functional needs community

Desired outcomes:

  • Provide an update on the IPAWS Program and to elicit comments, recommendations and feedback on the programs efforts to integrate access and functional needs requirements while seeking opportunities for expanded collaboration.

June 19
Emergency Preparedness and Communication Meeting Surrounding the Nation’s Nuclear Power Plants, WDC  

Event is run by the FEMA Technological Hazards Division. Emphasis is to bring together representatives and stakeholders from the FEMA organization to update guidance documents related to Alert and Notification systems.

IPAWS objectives:

  • Explain the approach and benefits to updating and integrating national public alerts and warnings capabilities.
  • Raise awareness of the existence of emergency interoperability standards and inform the audience of the benefits of improved data interoperability.
  • Discuss how FEMA is building the IPAWS capabilities to ensure that under all conditions the President of the U.S. can alert and warn the American people during a national emergency and also how IPAWS will be available to support state, local, tribal, and territorial alert and warning authorities.
  • Describe the benefits of the Commerical Mobile Alert System (CMAS) for nuclear community
  • Inform the audience that the CAP-based networks do not replace traditional, over-the-air methods of monitoring for Emergency Alert System (EAS) alerts; instead, they supplement those sources and provide further redundancy.  

Desired outcomes:

  • Develop partnerships with emergency management officials and expand information sharing opportunities.

June 20
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, WDC

Regional Emergency Managers Collaborative Operating Group (COG), in partnership with local, state, federal, and private sector organizations, brought together in an effort to strengthen regional communication and coordination.

IPAWS objectives:

  • Provide the latest information on what we are doing; how to get access to IPAWS; and who are the current state and local officials using IPAWS.
  • Explain the approach and benefits to updating and integrating national public alerts and warnings capabilities.
  • Raise awareness of the existence of emergency interoperability standards and inform the audience of the benefits of improved data interoperability.

Desired outcomes:

  • Develop partnerships with emergency management officials and expand information sharing opportunities.

June 21
Tennessee Interoperability Conference and Workshops, Franklin, TN   

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) has the mission to coordinate emergency management response and recovery to reduce loss of life and property in the State of Tennessee.  IPAWS will serve as an information sharing and support network for emergency management practitioners.

IPAWS objective:

  • Establish relationships and learn more about issues people are having and the solutions to mitigate them.
  • Discuss the most proficient ways to use current technology to increase emergency preparedness.
  • Discuss the lessons learned from past experiences and the best practices.

Desired outcomes:

  • Provide the latest information on what emergency officials are doing and future expectations.

June 26
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission Regional Meeting, VA 

Commission representing the area’s sixteen local governments to deliberate and decide issues of regional importance.  The Program Management Office (PMO) will inform the region about IPAWS and raise awareness of the existence of emergency interoperability standards and inform the audience of the benefits of improved data interoperability.

IPAWS objectives:

  • Explain the approach and benefits to updating and integrating IPAWS public alerts and warnings capabilities
  • Raise awareness of the existence of emergency interoperability standards and inform the audience of the benefits of improved data interoperability.
  • Develop partnerships with emergency management officials

Desired outcomes:

  • Understanding of timelines for the introduction of new capabilities, standards, and protocols related to public alerts and warnings systems.

May 2012

May 7-10
International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry, New Orleans, LA  

Mobile industry event dedicated to expanding the wireless frontier.  Focused on the global marketplace service operators, retailers/distributors, applications providers, enterprise and vertical market users, content providers and mobile web companies.  

Event provided a platform for FEMA IPAWS to convey that IPAWS is a modernization and integration of the nation’s existing and emerging alert and warning infrastructure and technologies. IPAWS  allows alerting authorities an effective way to warn the public using a single interface which accesses the Emergency Alert System (EAS), the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), National Weather Radio (NWR), and other public alerting systems.  IPAWS will save time when time matters, maximizing the reach and impact of alerts before, during, and after an emergency.

May 13-18
Governor’s Hurricane Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL   

Conference dedicated to providing training to responders which is beneficial in enhancing the mission through disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation best practices.
 
 IPAWS objectives:  

  • Explain the approach and benefits to updating and integrating national public alerts and warnings capabilities
  • Raise awareness of the existence of emergency interoperability standards and inform the audience of the benefits of improved data interoperability
  • Provide emergency management practitioners with information and guidance on the practicality of integrating their existing alerts and warning systems and availability of grants to update alert and warning infrastructures at the state and local level

Desired outcomes:

  • Understanding of timelines for the introduction of new capabilities, standards, and protocols related to public alerts and warnings systems

May 29-30
Maryland Emergency Management Association Conference, Ocean City, MD  

Event was held to help increase public awareness of the effects hurricanes and tropical storms can have on the Commonwealth and the preparedness steps we all must take.

IPAWS objectives:

  • Explain the approach and benefits to updating and integrating national public alerts and warnings capabilities
  • Raise awareness of the existence of emergency interoperability standards and inform the audience of the benefits of improved data interoperability
  • Answer audience questions regarding changes to the EAS, the introduction of CMAS, the role of IPAWS, and emergency data standards and protocols

Desired outcomes:

  • Information on when, where and how emergency management practitioners can receive training related to public alerts and warning roles and responsibilities.

April 2012

April 6
Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC), Washington, DC   

IPAWS and ODIC convened a roundtable with community leaders from the access and functional needs community to discuss updates and provide a platform to allow manufacturers and the access and functional needs community to discuss the benefits and changes needed to ensure equipment for the community is IPAWS compliant.
 
The discussion included:

  • Updates to select Industry experts and Federal partners on the IPAWS Program
  • comments, recommendations and feedback on IPAWS efforts to integrate access and functional needs requirements
  • Emerging technology and ongoing commercial and federal initiatives that might be leveraged in support of the disability community
  • How to make public alerts and warnings more accessible to people with disabilities

IPAWS, ODIC Roundtable Briefing

April 14-19
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show, Las Vegas, NV    

The NAB Show is the world's largest electronic media show and attracts over 90,000 broadcasters, media, and entertainment professionals who are interested in the latest technology and ideas in the industry.  Private sector broadcasters are a critical stakeholder for IPAWS and represent a major component in the delivery of emergency alerts and warnings to the public

IPAWS objectives:

  • Demonstrate IPAWS technology, capabilities, and interoperable equipment.
  • Highlight the importance of private/public partnerships in advancing alerts and warnings.
  • Provide broadcasters with information and best practices in maintaining and configuring their EAS equipment through several interactive workshops.

Desired outcomes:

  • Deeper and better understanding by broadcasters of the technical and conceptual components of the (modernized) Emergency Alert System as it fits into the IPAWS architecture.

April 23-26
National Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Conference, St Paul, MN    

Promote the capabilities of IPAWS in the context of radiological emergencies.    

IPAWS objectives:

  • Explain the approach and benefits to updating and integrating IPAWS public alerts and warnings capabilities
  • Raise awareness of the existence of emergency interoperability standards and inform the audience of the benefits of improved data interoperability
  • Provide REP emergency management practitioners with information and guidance on the practicality of integrating their existing alerts and warning systems and availability of grants to update alert and warning infrastructures at the state and local level
  • Describe benefits of the Commercial Mobile Alerting System (CMAS) for REP community

Desired outcomes:

  • Better awareness of the preparedness surrounding nuclear disasters to encourage the widespread adoption of IPAWS.

April 24-26
Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group (RECCWG) Plenary Meeting, Atlanta, GA    

Region Four RECCWG serves as the single, regional coordination point for emergency communications preparedness, response, and recovery for federal, state, and local governments.  IPAWS briefed the community on the capabilities and allowed the members the opportunity  to ask questions, share thoughts, and communicate what they think the IPAWS PMO can be doing differently to promote and further the mission of IPAWS.  

IPAWS objectives:

  • Develop partnerships with RECCWG members.  
  • Serve as an information-sharing and support network for RECCWG members.
  • Explain the approach and benefits to updating and integrating national public alerts and warnings capabilities.

Desired outcomes:

  • Understanding of timelines for the introduction of new capabilities, standards, and protocols related to public alerts and warnings systems.

March 2012

March 1-3
National Severe Weather Workshop, Norman, OK

Workshop is focused on hazardous weather information-sharing, and discussions on the effective transmission of messages about meteorological risk.

IPAWS objectives:

  • A Look Back” at some of the significant weather events of 2011 and other recent years.
  • A Look Forward” with talk about lessons learned from the events of the recent past.

Desired outcomes:

  • Identifying partnerships and progress that will lead to better prepared communities and the ultimate goal of a weather-ready nation.   

March 22
CMAS Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation (RDT&E), Webinar  

Meeting is dedicated to helping shape the CMAS R&D agenda, specifically in the fields of geographically-targeting CMAS alerts

IPAWS objectives:

  • Discuss Highlights from the recent CMAS RDT&E Forum
  • Review R&D priorities
  • Ongoing Preparations for CMAS deployment
  • Next steps for CMAS RDT&E

Desired outcomes:

  • Provide and updates on CMAS RDT&E and an understanding of public response to messages

March 26-29
National Hurricane Conference, Orlando, FL

The Office of External Affairs is organized a “robust” FEMA presence to improve hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation in order to save lives and property in the United States and the tropical islands of the Caribbean and Pacific.

IPAWS objectives:  

  • Explain the approach and benefits to updating and integrating national public alerts and warnings capabilities
  • Raise awareness of the existence of emergency interoperability standards and inform the audience of the benefits of improved data interoperability
  • Answer audience questions regarding changes to EAS, the introduction of CMAS, the role of IPAWS, and emergency data standards and protocols

Desired outcomes:

  • Understanding of the public-private partnerships supporting public alerts and warnings, including: the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), FEMA, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Weather Service (NWS), the federal, state, and local emergency management community, the Organization for the Advancement of Structural Information Standards (OASIS), private industry including system developers, commercial mobile service providers, and national broadcasters

March 26-30
NEMA Mid-Year Policy and Leadership Forum, Washington, DC

Forum focused on policy development, emergency management concerns, legislative issues, and federal relations. Attendees were provided the opportunity to hear, first-hand, the latest on issues that impact their agencies' programs. No other source can provide the current, comprehensive, behind-the-scenes information.

IPAWS Objectives include:  

  • Strengthen the relationship with Congress and federal agencies
  • Develop strategic partnerships with key organizations and individuals  
  • Serve as an information-sharing and support network for state directors and senior staff

Desired Outcomes

  • Understanding of timelines for the introduction of new capabilities, standards, and protocols related to public alerts and warnings systems

March 28-30
Modeling and Analysis Coordination Working Group, Albuquerque, NM

Meeting focused on the potential impacts of Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) from an urban Improvised Nuclear Device (IND) detonation on the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS).

IPAWS objectives:

  • Principal objective will be to review and develop a consensus perspective on both the technical issues and the implications of EMP on federal IND response guidance.
  • Introduction to EMP phenomena and past studies at the Official Use Only level
  • Focus on systems impacts at the Secret National Security Information level

Desired outcomes:

  • Produce an initial, draft briefing that outlines proposed FEMA positions on EMP matters that could affect the federal IND response guidance.

February 2012

February 7-10
Florida Emergency Preparedness  Association, Daytona Beach, FL

IPAWS setup an exhibit and workshop to encourage the widespread adoption of IPAWS amongst State and local emergency management officials throughout Florida.    

IPAWS objectives:

  • Explain the approach and benefits to updating and integrating national public alerts and warnings capabilities.
  • Raise awareness of the existence of emergency interoperability standards and inform the audience of the benefits of improved data interoperability.
  • Provide emergency management practitioners with information and guidance on the practicality of integrating their existing alerts and warning systems and availability of grants to update alert and warning infrastructures at the state and local level.

Desired outcomes:

  • Understanding of timelines for the introduction of new capabilities, standards, and protocols related to public alerts and warnings systems

February 20-24
International Wireless Communications Expo, in Las Vegas, NV  

The tradeshow featured over 366 of the top manufacturers showcasing the latest in wireless communications technology, and the conference program features an impressive lineup of the most influential industry leaders. IWCE provides an industry forum and the critical information needed by professionals responsible for the dependability, reliability and interoperability of their organization’s communications system.

IPAWS objectives:  

  • Attending content rich education and training sessions developed by industry experts
  • Experience exhibitors showcasing the latest in wireless communications technology solutions

Desired outcomes:

  • Touch the most innovative technology that will help you do your job more efficiently and effectively; connect with colleagues that attend training, workshops and sessions on specific technologies and applications

Feb 27 – March 3
California State University, Northridge Center on Disabilities' 27th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN) in San Diego, CA  

January 2012

January 10-13
Consumer Electronic Show Las Vegas, NV

Consumer Electronic Association (CEA) hosted the largest technology event - for the entire industry and individual niches within it - to educate and unite the masses.  IPAWS participated on a panel to discuss what the government is doing to advance technology and build partnerships toward improved all-hazards public warning and alerting.  

Desired outcome:

  • Raise awareness across global markets which connects the industry and enables CES innovations to grow and thrive.  

January 19
Florida Emergency Management Division, Tallahassee, FL

IPAWS briefed the emergency management director on the program and how the state can benefit from Commercial Mobile Alert System.

December 2011

December 5-6
M-Enabling Summit and FCC Briefing on Accessible Mobile Services in Washington, DC

The FCC will co-host the M-Enabling Summit in cooperation with G3ict – the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs. The Summit will be entirely dedicated to reviewing how to best promote and implement accessible mobile communications and services for senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

IPAWS objectives:

  • Learn from major mobile service providers how new mobile technologies and applications are helping to meet accessibility requirements for seniors and persons with disabilities
  • Learn how the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities can help to create a new global market opportunity
  • Meet with applications developers and innovators currently developing advanced mobile assistive solutions and services for seniors and persons with disabilities
  • Review the steps taken by leading public and private sector organizations to implement accessible mobile services for seniors and persons with disabilities
  • Review how mobile communications can best serve persons with disabilities for emergency response and disaster preparedness, travel and tourism, health services, education, independent living and mainstream commercial services
  • Learn how to develop accessible mobile web applications and services for seniors and persons with disabilities

Desired outcomes:

  • Exchange ideas with peers and experts from industry, service providers, and organizations of seniors and persons with disabilities
  • Learn about the latest developments, innovations, market drivers and emerging opportunities
  • Share perspectives with global policy makers and regulators
  • See the latest products, services and applications in a showcase featuring companies and organizations driving innovation with accessible and assistive mobile technologies solutions
  • Gain new insights from case studies by service providers, and public and private sector organizations experienced in marketing and services for seniors and persons with disabilities

November 2011

November 12-17
International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV

IPAWS exhibited at the IAEM Annual Conference where over 5,000 members including emergency manager, homeland security official, first response coordinator, private industry risk manager, and contingency planners gathered to discuss current issues in emergency management.

IPAWS objectives:

  • Explaining the approach and benefits to updating and integrating national public alerts and warnings capabilities
  • Raising awareness of the existence of emergency interoperability standards and inform the audience of the benefits of improved data interoperability
  • Providing emergency management practitioners with information and guidance on the practicality of integrating their existing alerts and warning systems and availability of grants to update alert and warning infrastructures at the state and local level
  • Answering audience questions regarding changes to EAS, the introduction of CMAS, the role of IPAWS, and emergency data standards and protocols
  • Providing information on the first ever Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test which was held on November 9

Desired outcomes:

  • Understanding of timelines for the introduction of new capabilities, standards, and protocols related to public alerts and warnings systems
  • Requirements for state and local emergency management
  • Availability of relevant grants
  • Information on when, where and how emergency management practitioners can receive training related to public alerts and warning roles and responsibilities
  • Understanding of the public-private partnerships supporting public alerts and warnings, including: DHS, FEMA, FCC, NOAA/NWS, the federal, state and local emergency management community, OASIS, Private Industry including system developers, commercial mobile service providers, and national broadcasters

October 2011

October 3-7
NEMA Emergency Management Policy & Leadership Forum in Austin, TX

IPAWS sponsored and exhibited at the NEMA Conference, networking with State Directors from across the country.

October 13
FEMA IPAWS Special Event: Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test Preparations and Procedures - A Year in Review (webinar)

FEMA IPAWS hosted a final webinar before the Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test.  This discussion focused on a year in review of the national dialogue on the EAS, aggregate test information and resources, and address questions that still remained from the EAS Community.

September 2011

September 30
FEMA IPAWS Special Event: Prepared & Ready: The Final Stretch Before the Nationwide EAS Test in Washington, DC (webinar)

The discussion involved a variety of topics and draft documents for feedback that will support updates to the EAS Best Practices Guide and Nationwide EAS Test Informational Toolkit. Some examples include:

  • Television and Cable EAS Background Slate
  • Nationwide EAS Test Message Transcript Draft
  • Public Service Announcement Audio Sample   
  • Nationwide EAS Test Data Reporting
  • Required Monthly Test Activities and Findings
  • EAS Best Practices Guide Final Overview

September 30
IPAWS/ODIC Roundtable in Washington, DC

IPAWS and ODIC convened a roundtable with community leaders from the Access and Functional needs community to discuss updates and provide a platform to allow manufacturers and the access and functional needs community to discuss the benefits and changed needed to ensure equipment for the community is IPAWS compliant.

The discussion included:

  • Updates to select Industry experts and Federal partners on the IPAWS Program
  • Comments, recommendations and feedback on IPAWS efforts to integrate access and functional needs requirements
  • Emerging technology and ongoing commercial and federal initiatives that might be leveraged in support of the disability community
  • How to make public alerts and warnings more accessible to people with disabilities

IPAWS, ODIC Roundtable Briefing (PDF 742KB, TXT 16KB)
 

August 2011

August 10-11
Texas Association of Broadcasters/ Society of Broadcasters Engineers Convention in Austin, TX

August 15
FEMA IPAWS Special Event: Are You Ready for the Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test? In Washington, DC (virtual roundtable)

The discussion involved a recap of elements of the best practice guide and a variety of topics with virtual roundtable participants, including:

  • EAS Receive and Relay Process
  • EAS Originator Message Content and Quality
  • State and Local EAS Testing
  • EAS Equipment Operation and Maintenance
  • Nationwide EAS Test Information Toolkit
  • EAS Test Preparation Checklist

In order to prepare EAS Participants for the November 9, 2011 Nationwide EAS Test, FEMA IPAWS, the FCC, and NOAA are partnering with industry leaders and experts to draft a comprehensive technical best practices guide on end-to-end National EAS message procedures. The guide will be updated incrementally with the EAS community through webinars, roundtables, and other activities leading up to the Test.

August 17
National Weather Service CAP Update and Developers Resource Wiki in Washington, DC (webinar)

The National Weather Service plans to experimentally produce CAP v1.2 Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) profile message by Fall of 2011. In preparation, the NWS welcomes you to review and comment on the CAP elements planned for production. The “Developers Resource for National Weather Service Information” wiki site is currently designed as a guide and collaborative venue for developers and re-distributors of National Weather Service (NWS) alerts in Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) format.

During the webinar, Herb White, Dissemination Services Manager, and Mike Gerber, Physical Scientist, both with the NOAA/NWS Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services, provided an update on NWS CAP implementation and a tour of developer resources available from the wiki site. IPAWS System Architect Gary Ham also provided an update on IPAWS-OPEN activities.

August 23-25
NIEM National Training Event in Philadelphia, PA
 

August 30
Technologies for Critical Incident Preparedness (TCIP) in National Harbor, Maryland

June 2011

June 2011
Nationwide EAS Test Webinar Update: Technical Best Practices Guide in Washington, DC (webinar)

A follow-up technical discussion with FEMA IPAWS Program Manager, Manny Centeno and industry experts on EAS equipment installation, configuration, and operation with specific radio, television, and cable best practices.

June 1-2
FEMA Region IX and RECCWG meetings in Carson City NV
 

June 6-9
National Disability Rights Network Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD
 

June 9
EAS Participant Virtual Roundtable with Industry and Government Leaders in Washington, DC (virtual roundtable)

In preparation for the National Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test in fall 2011, the FEMA IPAWS hosted a Virtual Roundtable event with industry and State and local government leaders in the emergency alert and warning field. Virtual roundtable leaders and experts discussed experiential and anecdotal EAS technical challenges and EAS community outreach and engagement activities to harness and share existing lessons learned. The virtual roundtable is designed to promote a free exchange of solutions-based ideas in a positive, collegial atmosphere. This ground-breaking, collaborative forum will spotlight perspectives and share best practices for improving the EAS across a wide range of discussion topics:

  • EAS Technical Challenges (i.e. Audio quality, Crawl, Color, Speed)
  • EAS Equipment Installation, Configuration, and Operation
  • EAS State Plans and Monitoring Assignments
  • Clarifications of EAS Rulemaking

FEMA IPAWS, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will then compile informed best practices in preparation for the National EAS Test.

June 15-16
Region V RECCWG in St. Paul, Minnesota
 

June 18-23
National Emergency Number Association in Minneapolis, Minnesota


June 22
New Jersey Broadcasters Association Conference in Atlantic City, NJ


June 22-23
CSEPP National Workshop in Portland, OR


June 22-24
AMS Weather Warnings and Communications Conference in Oklahoma City


June 27-29
EMI Training Focus Group in Gettysburg, PA


June 28
NWS Summer Partners Meeting in Silver Spring, Maryland

May 2011

May 4-5, 2011
Twenty First Century Communication Meeting in Memphis, TN
 

May 15-20, 2011
Governors Hurricane Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida


May 26, 2011
One DHS Day on the Hill in Washington, DC

 



 

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