FCC, FEMA Plan Workshop on Emergency Alerting

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Washington, DC - May 20, 2010 - The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) National Continuity Programs (NCP) will hold a workshop called 21st Century Emergency Alerting: Leveraging Multiple Technologies to Bring Alerts and Warnings to the Public. The workshop will be held on June 10, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the FCC Meeting Room (TW-C305).

The workshop will highlight the status of and relevant details related to the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, including the next generation Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Commercial Mobile Alert System. This public meeting will also provide FEMA, the FCC and other federal partners an opportunity to gather feedback on outstanding issues related to these systems, the upcoming National EAS test, and the FCC's upcoming inquiry proceeding on next generation alerting.

The workshop will be open to the public; however, registration will be limited to the seating available. To attend, register online at www.fcc.gov/pshs/event-registration.html. The deadline for registration is June 8, 2010.

Audio/Video coverage of the meeting will be broadcast live from the FCC website at www.fcc.gov/live.

9 a.m. - Welcome
9:15 a.m. - Panel One: The Path to Next Generation Alerting
This panel will focus on the current state of public alerts and warnings, discussing the EAS and Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) and integration into the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS).

10:45 a.m. - Break

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Panel Two: The Promise of Next Generation Emergency Alerting Fulfilled: How Leveraging Broadband Technologies Can Create a Truly Effective Public Alert and Warning System
This panel will focus on how broadband technologies can be used by the IPAWS to redefine alert distribution technologies like EAS and CMAS, and how using the full potential of CAP will help in developing a broadband-based, multi-platform alerting system.

12:30 p.m. - Questions

12:45 p.m. - Closing Remarks

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