Written testimony of FEMA for a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet field hearing titled “Hawaii False Missile Alert: What Happened and What Should We Do Next?”

Release Date: April 5, 2018 Honolulu, Hawaii Good morning Chairman Thune, Ranking Member Nelson, 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 the system was used during the events of January 13, 2018, and the steps we are taking to improve the system. 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. The...

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