DHS Offers Proof of Concept for Wildland Urban Interface Vehicular Alert System

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The Integrated Public Alert Warning System (IPAWS) used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may soon be able to deliver hazard and evacuation alerts directly to vehicle infotainment screens.

This week, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate provided a proof-of-concept demonstration of a system that can do just that: the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Integration Model. . In Virginia, the agency worked with the FEMA IPAWS program, the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management, and HAAS Alert, Inc. to integrate IPAWS with a host of technologies such as GPS and enable its updates to be provided in near real time to drivers. Ready to go.

“The IPAWS program strives to find new methods and pathways to effectively communicate emergency information to people that enable emergency managers to reduce disaster-related loss of life, personal injury, and property damage,” said Antwane Johnson, director of the FEMA IPAWS division. “The WUI integration model will develop connected platforms capable of delivering vital evacuation notifications and digital alerts from emergency managers to drivers on the road in the event of an emergency.”

The project is a partnership between Corner Alliance, Inc. and HAAS Alert, a consulting firm and an automotive digital alert company, respectively, working together on a contract awarded under the Long-Term Agency Announcement Program of S&T. As a result, HAAS will integrate its Safety Cloud platform into FEMA’s IPAWS Open Platform for Emergency Networks (OPEN) system to enable receipt of emergency notifications on in-vehicle systems and certain mapping applications used by drivers.

The model demonstrated how connected platforms can offer evacuation notifications to drivers during emergency situations.

“Effectively communicating fire emergency information and escape routes to people in a threatened area is a necessity for first responders working to manage emergency operations and guide response actions. safe public,” said Norman Speicher, DHS S&T program manager. “Connecting emergency management tools to situations in WUIs will help emergency management managers achieve better routes and procedures using advanced technologies that help define, share and manage status, and communicate real-time evacuation routes and safety zones.”