As reflected in numerous determinations by the Executive Branch, including the President’s March 13, 2020 determination that the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) constitutes a “national emergency” under the National Emergencies Act and the nationwide public health emergency declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services on January 31, 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose a threat to our health and security.
DHS S&T today announced it awarded more than $1.5 million to develop an Alerts, Warnings, and Notifications (AWN) Guidance Tool.
DHS S&T has been working with the FEMA IPAWS office and state and local response teams since early 2009 to develop effective alerts, warnings, and notifications programs, as well as identifying gaps in existing IPAWS alerting messaging.
DHS S&T is seeking solutions to the communications challenge of encountering weak radio or cellular coverage while conducting life-saving operations.
FEMA, in coordination with DHS S&T, has released the “Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Program Planning Toolkit.”
DHS S&T, in partnership with DOT, has selected the CIRI, a DHS COE led by the UIUC, to develop a framework and process for testing the interoperability and compatibility of Next Generation 911 (NG911) systems.
DHS S&T and CISA will be speaking at the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) Virtual.
St. Louis was selected as the site for the first Smarty City Interoperability Reference Architecture (SCIRA) exercise. The pilot program brought together first responders, city managers and other stakeholders, and through a series of realistic disaster scenarios, demonstrated how smart city technology can transform municipal emergency response.