02 May '11, 6am

Planning for Natural Disasters

Planning for Natural Disasters

Most experts on disaster planning seem to agree that the most important steps in mitigating harm are a widespread communication system and proactive land use planning strategies. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which was created in 2003 to deal with natural disasters, has addressed the communication issue with the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). IPAWS links information between several federal agencies to alert and warn communities more effectively in the face of imminent natural disasters. IPAWS integrates communication between the FCC, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service, and the DHS Science and Technology Directorate. IPAWS is the first ever nationwide emergency alert system, and is currently being tested and implemented incrementally. The system anticipates participation with mobile carriers ...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/04/planning-natural-disa...

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