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Executive Order 13407, signed by President Bush in 2006, requires the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) to “include in the public alert and warning system the capability to alert and warn all Americans, including…those without an understanding of the English language.”

Non-English-speaking persons may not understand warnings that are provided in English, so communities with high percentages of non-English-speaking people may consider issuing warnings in multiple languages, as well as English. IPAWS does not provide translation services, but it is capable of accepting and relaying alerts in multiple languages as composed by the alert originator.

For non-English speaking populations, the IPAWS Program Management Office provides guidance to private sector partners producing multi-lingual alerting dissemination technologies and tools.

Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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