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Digital Tests to Enhance the Emergency Alert System

The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the federal government’s program manager for the national Emergency Alert System (EAS), along with the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) and the Department’s Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection (IAIP) Directorate, have joined other federal departments and agencies and several private communication companies and broadcasters for a series of tests using digital technology to improve America’s alert and warning system. The tests are part of a one-year pilot project to demonstrate how the Department can improve public alert and warning during times of national crisis through the use of local public television’s digital television broadcasts. Called the Digital Emergency Alert System (DEAS) National Capital Region Pilot under the Department of Homeland Security’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning (IPAWS) initiative, the tests are successfully demonstrating how DHS and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) can disseminate alert and warning messages leveraging public-private partnership. Full Story

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