Executive Order 13407, signed by President Bush in 2006, requires that the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) “include in the public alert and warning system the capability to alert and warn all Americans, including those with disabilities and those without an understanding of the English language.”
FEMA recognizes that non-profit and advocacy organizations are a critical part of the nation’s emergency management team. In order to ensure these groups are best served by IPAWS, the IPAWS Program Management Office (PMO) continues to liaise with non-profit and advocacy organizations representing intra-governmental organizations, people with access and functional needs, universities, older Americans, children, charities and health organizations, standards based organizations, and people with limited English proficiency.
The IPAWS PMO has written and distributes a white paper “Alerting the Whole Community: Removing Barriers to Alerting Accessibility” and continues to work with and train alerting authorities to use IPAWS to benefit the entire population within their jurisdiction.
Click here to see a broad, but not exhaustive, list of IPAWS PMO non-profit and advocacy partners.
For more on IPAWS components, including IPAWS-OPEN and the Primary Entry Point program, please click here.
To return to the FEMA IPAWS Home Page, click here.