21st Century Emergency Alerting Workshop

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT
Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305), 445 12th Street S.W., Washington, DC

The workshop will highlight the status of and relevant details related to the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, including the Next Generation Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Commercial Mobile Alert System. This public meeting will also provide FEMA, the FCC and other Federal partners an opportunity to gather feedback on outstanding issues related to these systems, the upcoming National EAS test, and the FCC's upcoming inquiry proceeding on next generation alerting. (See detailed agenda below.)

The workshop will be open to the public; however, registration will be limited to the seating available. Those individuals who are interested in attending the forum may pre-register on-line. Those who pre-register will be asked to provide their name, title, organization affiliation, and contact information. Individuals may also contact Deandrea Wilson by e-mail or by phone at 202-418-0703 regarding pre-registration. The deadline for pre-registration is Tuesday, June 8, 2010.


Audio/Video coverage of the meeting will be broadcast live with open captioning over the Internet from the FCC's web page at www.fcc.gov/live. The FCC's web cast is free to the public and does not require pre-registration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Please include a description of the accommodation you will need. Individuals making such requests must include their contact information should FCC staff need to contact them for more information. Requests should be made as early as possible. Please send an e-mail or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau: 202-418-0530 (voice), 202- 418-0432 (TTY).

For additional information about the meeting, please contact Susan McLean by email or by phone: 202-418-7868.


9:00 am — Welcome


James Arden Barnett, Jr., Rear Admiral (Ret.), Chief, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB), FCC
Damon Penn, Assistant Administrator for NCP, FEMA, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

9:15 am — Panel One: The Path to Next Generation Alerting

This panel will focus on the current state of public alerts and warnings, discussing the EAS and Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) and integration into the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). Specific areas of discussion will include the National EAS Test and its relevance both to the legacy EAS and to next-generation systems, the CMAS, and the parallel efforts of FEMA and commercial wireless carriers, as well as the development of IPAWS from a Federal, state, territorial, tribal and local perspective. Discussion will include the changes the FCC should consider in light of adoption of the Common Alert Protocol (CAP), including how to ensure that all members of the public can receive and understand emergency alerts. The panel will discuss the roles of the FCC, FEMA and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), including the role of NOAA's weather alert system in IPAWS.

Antwane V. Johnson, Division Director/PM, DHS/FEMA, IPAWS
Henry D Black, Manager, Communications Branch, Maryland Emergency Management Agency
Gregory Cooke, Associate Chief, Policy Division, PSHSB, FCC
Brian Josef, Director, Regulatory Affairs at CTIA - The Wireless Association®
Mark S. Paese, Director, Office of Operational Systems, NOAA, National Weather Service
Kelly T. Williams, Senior Director, Engineering and Technology Policy, National Association of Broadcasters
Wade Witmer, Deputy Division Director, DHS,/FEMA, IPAWS
National Cable and Telecommunications Association

10:45 am — Break

11:00 am - 12:30 pm — Panel Two: The Promise of Next Generation Emergency Alerting Fulfilled: How Leveraging Broadband Technologies Can Create a Truly Effective Public Alert and Warning System

This panel will focus on how broadband technologies can be used by the IPAWS to redefine alert distribution technologies like EAS and CMAS, and how using the full potential of CAP will help in developing a broadband-based, multi-platform alerting system. The panel will also examine the role of the Internet in distributing emergency alerts, via email, websites and social networking and ways to ensure that all members of the public can receive alerts and warnings over this broadband-based system.

Jeffery Goldthorp, Chief, Communications Systems Analysis Division, PSHSB, FCC
Art Botterell, Public Warning Consultant, Practitioner & Standards Architect
Brian K. Daly, Director, Core & Government/Regulatory Standards, AT&T Mobility Services
Darryl Ernst, Owner & Chief Technologist, ErnsTek LLC
Denis A. Gusty, PMP, Deputy Branch Chief, Office for Interoperability & Compatibility (OIC); DHS, Science and Technology Directorate
Mike Nawrocki, Executive Director - Wireline Standards, Verizon Network and Technology
Claude Stout, Executive Director, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc.(TDI)
Fran Trentley, Senior Director, Akamai Technologies

12:30 pm — Questions

12:45 pm — Closing Remarks

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