Announcing: Upcoming Test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)
On Thursday, September 20, beginning at 2:18 p.m. Eastern Time, there will be a nationwide test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of IPAWS and its Emergency Alert System (EAS) andWireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) to (1) assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and (2) determine whether improvements are needed. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. ET and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. ET. This test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA, which is why it is important to make state and local education agencies aware in advance.
Since learning time will likely be disrupted, school safety partners, including the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students and its REMS TA Center, and the Youth Preparedness group within FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division, highly encourage state and local agencies to use the time to provide a teachable moment about emergency preparedness. For example, state and local emergency management and education agencies can do the following:
Our nation’s federal partners are committed to strengthening the National Preparedness System, and this test provides just one example of that commitment. Access the original press release about this test via the FEMA site.
Have questions about this test or need general support with emergency preparedness planning? Contact the REMS TA Center, your national school safety technical assistance center, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-855-781-REMS .
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Integrated Public Alert and Warning System 2:18 TODAY
The test that was originally scheduled for today has been postponed until 2:18 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3. More information is available here: https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.
Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center: