FEMA to Look Into Commercial Emergency Alert System

DHS - ExecutiveMosaicThe Federal Emergency Management Agency is looking to replace its emergency alert system with a commercially-built alternative to increase its reliability, NextGov reported Dec. 26.

Joseph Marks writes that FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System – Open Platform for Emergency Networks fails to meet minimum uptime standards, lacks storage space and is prone to glitches, making emergency response more difficult.

According to its request for information, FEMA requires a system that can operate 99.9 percent of the time, warn the public about emergencies within 10 minutes and provide better communication between federal, state and tribal officials and the public.

The agency is also looking at cloud computing options for the new system, the report added.

 

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