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US Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Legislation passes the House

On Monday, March 21, the US House passed S.1180, the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Modernization Act of 2015, a bipartisan bill introduced by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). The bill aims to modernize the United States’ public alert and warning system to ensure that federal, state and local officials can effectively warn citizens during times of disasters, acts of terrorism, and other threats to public safety.

“In an emergency, information is crucial,” said Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “This bill takes important steps to expand our nation’s public warning system to ensure the largest number of people are reached. The IPAWS Modernization Act also ensures effective training and collaboration so that when an emergency hits, we are ready. I was pleased to have guided this bipartisan bill through the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee earlier this year and am equally pleased to see it pass the House.  I look forward to having President Obama sign this into law and thereby strengthen our nation’s public warning system.”

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