Thursday, November 24, 2011

FEMA IPAWS Special Event: What's Next for Improving the Emergency Alert System?
EAS Test Findings and Observations, Lessons Learned, and Way Forward
November 29th, 2011, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET

Join us on November 29th at 2:00 PM ET for a discussion with industry
experts and leaders on the Nationwide EAS Test findings, lessons
learned, observed technical challenges, and way forward for alert and
warning!

Event Details

What: What's Next for Improving the Emergency Alert System? EAS Test
Findings and Observations, Lessons Learned, and Way Forward
When: Tuesday, November 29th, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern)
Where: Microsoft Live Meeting 2007 (This link will only be active the
morning of November 29th)

https://www323.livemeeting.com/cc/eiip/join?id=IPAWS&role=attend
Please note that if you have Live Meeting Client correctly installed,
you do not need a pass code or username (Live Meeting instructions
http://www.fema.gov/pdf/emergency/ipaws/livemtginstruct.pdf)

A first-ever Nationwide EAS Test was conducted on November 9th, 2011
to assess the readiness and effectiveness of the system as it
currently exists. A test message was sent at 2:00 PM Eastern to over
60 national primary stations across the country.

While early indicators show most radio and television stations
received and relayed the test message, many technical issues such as
audio quality and repeated messages were observed and immediately
reported. This web event will focus on a roundtable discussion with
industry leaders and experts to discuss further EAS improvements
needed across a variety of topics:

· Test Successes and Lessons Learned
· Top 5 Technical Challenges of the Test
· State and Local Field Observations and Reports
· Mitigation Strategies and Improvements
· Next Steps and the Future of Alert and Warning

We've added more topics for discussion on A National Dialogue on the
Emergency Alert System website! Want to contribute ideas for the next
version of the EAS Best Practices Guide? Go to A National Dialogue on
the Emergency Alert System
(https://nationaldialogue-emergencyalertsystem.ideascale.com/). For
official information on the EAS, please visit the FEMA IPAWS website:
http://www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/eas_info.shtm.

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