Written testimony of FEMA for a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communication hearing titled “Ensuring Effective and Reliable Alerts and Warnings”

Release Date: February 6, 2018 210 House Capitol Visitor Center Good morning Chairman Donovan, Ranking Member Payne, and Members of the Committee. My name is Antwane Johnson, and I am the Director of Continuity Communications within the National Continuity Programs Directorate (NCP) at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). On behalf of FEMA Administrator Brock Long and John Veatch, the Assistant Administrator for NCP, I appreciate the opportunity to speak today on the importance of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), how it is used to save lives across the country, and the future of the IPAWS program. What is IPAWS? An effective, timely, and far-reaching public alert and warning system is critical to communicating threats to public safety and providing people with guidance during times of crisis. Executive Order 13407 and The IPAWS Modernization Act of 2015 define FEMA’s responsibility to provide a public alert and warning system. Section 706 of...

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