The NAC IPAWS Subcommittee officially disbanded in February 2019 after submitting its report to the NAC in November 2018. The report contained recommendations to ensure IPAWS provides timely and effective warnings in the event of natural disaster, acts of terrorism, and other manmade acts or threats to public safety. You can find the FEMA response to the report here. The subcommittee was originally required by the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Modernization Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-143). Specific goals for the subcommittee were:
- Incorporates multiple communications technologies;
- Adapts to and incorporates future technologies for communicating directly with the public;
- Provides alerts to the largest portion of the affected population, including nonresident visitors and tourists, individuals with disabilities, individuals with access and functional needs, and individuals with limited English proficiency, and improves the ability of remote areas to receive alerts;
- Enhances community preparedness and response through local and regional public and private partnerships;
- Reaches the greatest number of people through redundant alert mechanisms; and
- Protects individual privacy.
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