DHS tests next-generation WUI (Wildland Urban Interface) alert technology

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate has concluded a proof-of-concept demonstration of the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) integration model in Fairfax County, Virginia. The model incorporates next-generation technologies with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Integrated Public Alerting Warning System (IPAWS), allowing warning authorities to broadcast emergency alerts wirelessly (WEA) with new capabilities such as displaying hazard alert and evacuation information on “infotainment” screens in vehicles. Simulating real events, the demonstration was conducted at the Fairfax Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and in the field in Fairfax County, in conjunction with the FEMA IPAWS program, the Fairfax County Emergency Management Office and HAAS Alert, Inc.

Integrating IPAWS with new technologies, such as GPS navigation apps and advanced technologies, could allow critical information, such as evacuation routes and safety zones, to be communicated to the public in near time. real in the entertainment and navigation systems of their vehicles.

“The IPAWS program strives to find new methods and pathways to effectively communicate emergency information to people, which enables emergency managers to reduce the loss of life, personal injury and property damage associated with disasters. “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.”

“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.”

This project was made possible through a contract awarded through S&T’s Long-Term Agency Announcement Program to Corner Alliance, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based small business consulting firm Corner Alliance is associated with HAAS Alert, a small Chicago-based company specializing in automotive digital alerting and vehicle-connected safety solutions. HAAS Alert will integrate its Safety Cloud® platform with the FEMA IPAWS Open Platform for Emergency Networks (OPEN) system to receive emergency notifications from alert authorities that deliver preemptive alerts to in-vehicle systems and some of the world’s largest applications. maps used by drivers today.

The WUI integration model demonstrated how connected platforms can provide vital evacuation notifications to drivers on the road in the event of an emergency, saving lives and property across the country.

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