FEMA announced the selection of 31 qualified individuals to serve on the FEMA National Advisory Council (NAC) Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Subcommittee. The IPAWS Modernization Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-143) requires the FEMA Administrator to establish the IPAWS Subcommittee. The Subcommittee will terminate no later than April 2019.
Forty-four members will serve on the IPAWS Subcommittee:
- Thirty-one qualified individuals from 13 categories, including four additional candidates to serve as FEMA Administrator Selections, as mandated in Public Law 114-143.
- Eight senior federal leaders (or their designees)
- Five members from the NAC who volunteered to serve.
FEMA published a Federal Register Notice in September 2016 announcing the call for applications. A FEMA selection panel identified qualified individuals from the categories listed in the IPAWS Modernization Act. The IPAWS Subcommittee will hold their inaugural meeting on August 8-9, 2017, in Washington, D.C. They will meet up to four times per year at the discretion of the chairperson – two in person and two by video conferencing. Public Law 114-143 requires the Deputy Administrator for Protection and National Preparedness to chair the Subcommittee.
The IPAWS Program is responsible for implementing a national public alert and warning system, supporting presidential warning requirements, and enable its use by federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local officials during local emergencies. Further information on FEMA’s IPAWS program can be found at www.fema.gov/integrated-public-alert-warning-system.
The NAC is a federal advisory committee established to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other man-made disasters. The NAC advises the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management frameworks, strategies and plans, while incorporating the whole community’s input through appointed council members.