FEMA to study broadcast alert technology

FEMA to study broadcast alert technology.
FEMA to study broadcast alert technology.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on Tuesday that its National Continuity Programs’ Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Division will be assessing public warning and alert capabilities within the private sector.

One of these is the Advanced Warning and Response Network (AWARN) which is in the process of utilizing the ATSC 3.0 system that is currently being standardized by the Advanced Television Systems Committee. FEMA reports that this system is able to deliver data and messages to television, video devices and mobile devices and would do so in a way that would not disrupt television broadcasts.

“FEMA is committed to working with the private sector to examine and improve future alerts and warnings,” Roger Stone, acting assistant administrator for National Continuity Programs, said. “New systems could someday include pictures and video as part of the advanced alert and warning information provided to the general public.”

Data that would potentially be included in new technologies could consist of imagery and video information relating to evacuation routes, shelter locations and storm tracks. They also report that these newer technologies would be able to deliver alerts in multiple languages and formats for non-English speakers or those that have specific communication needs.

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