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What can IPAWS do for you?

Receiving timely information about weather conditions or other emergency events can make all the difference in knowing when to take action to be safe. FEMA, private industry and other local, state and federal partners are working together to make sure you can receive alerts and warnings quickly through several different technologies no matter where you are.

Organized by FEMA, the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) is the Nation's alert and warning infrastructure. It provides an effective way to alert and warn the public about emergencies using the Emergency Alert System (EAS), Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, and other public alerting systems from a single interface.

For those with access and functional needs, many messages are TTY/TDD compatible and many devices have accessible accommodations. Review this alerts and warnings fact sheet created by America's PrepareAthon! to make sure you will receive critical information as soon as possible so you can take action to be safe.

For more information on IPAWS, EAS, and WEA, visit . Additionally you can check out FEMA's online training course for IPAWS:


News you can Use Regarding Resource Typing Definitions

Here's some news you can use! FEMA has released five new mass care resource typing definitions:

As critical components of the National Incident Management System (NIMS),which is the foundation of the National Preparedness System , whole community organizations should be familiar with the resource typing definitions used by NIMS for when they are called upon to provide any type of support in the event of a disaster. Resource typing categorizes, by capability, the resources requested, deployed and used in incidents.

To view the full Resource Typing Library Tool visit . This is an online catalogue of all the national resource typing definitions and position qualifications.


Remarkable Preparedness in the Nation: Map Your Neighborhood

After a disaster, the key to a speedy recovery is often unity and resilience within a community. Partners in forty-three states have found Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) to be a cost effective and time efficient approach to neighborhood preparedness.

Communities of all sizes, from cities to neighborhoods, should know how to work together for the common goals of adequately preparing before an emergency and recovering after one.

Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) is a program developed by the Washington State Emergency Management Division and is intended to help neighborhoods prepare for disasters. The program features the following:

  • The "9 Steps to Take Immediately Following A Disaster" to effectively secure your home and protect your neighborhood
  • Identifying the skills and equipment that each neighbor has and could be put to use in the event of a disaster
  • Creating a neighborhood map identifying the locations of useful items such as propane tanks for quick response
  • A contact list to help identify people with specific needs such as the elderly, handicapped, and children
  • The instructions needed to work as a team and evaluate the needs of your neighborhood immediately following a disaster

For more information on MYN, check out the MYN overview !


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