The IPAWS Program Planning Toolkit was developed for and by alerting and public safety stakeholders. The toolkit provides guidance on establishing a new AWN program or refining an existing one. Emergency managers, public information officers, alert originators, alerting authorities, and experts all contributed best practices that will help additional agencies/jurisdictions nationwide ensure their AWN programs run smoothly. Previously, stakeholders would contact IPAWS with issues or questions. The goal of the new toolkit is to put reference tools at their fingertips.
Join Norman Speicher, DHS S&T Program Manager; Wade Witmer, FEMA Deputy Director of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) and Jody Smith, IPAWS Specialist, Engineering Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Division, National Continuity Programs Office DHS/FEMA.
Session attendees will leave with an understanding of how a three-fold increase in IPAWS usage in 2020 better equipped first responders, emergency managers, and alert originators with tools to protect the public.
Framework of webinar: (Panel Discussion + Break out sessions) 1:15
- Introductions - 3 Minutes
- Why do first responders need tools to protect the public? - 5 Minutes
- Detailed explanation of how the Toolkit equips public safety officials with resources to
better protect the public. - 10 Minutes
- Norman, Wade, and Jody conduct a Q&A session with a panel of public safety officials to
discuss their Toolkit piloting experience and how they foresee the Toolkit will help their
agency. - 25 Minutes
- Q&A - 15 Minutes