Every individual and organization has an important role in making our communities, and the nation as a whole, better prepared and more resilient. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate stated, “We cannot separate out and segment one sector in isolation; the interdependencies are too great…we want to be in the situation where we work as a team and not compete with each other.” As a result, FEMA and the Integrated Public Alert and Warning Systems (IPAWS) Program Management Office (PMO) are taking a “Whole Community” approach to national preparedness.
FEMA recognizes that non-profit and advocacy organizations are a critical part of the nation’s emergency management team. The IPAWS PMO has made it a priority to work with organizations representing people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, universities, older Americans, children, charities and health organizations, standards based organizations, and people with limited English proficiency to build and strengthen our relationships, provide information to the American people before, during, and after a disaster, and accomplish our shared goal to preserve life and protect property.
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.
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