Summary

H.Res. 671: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives concerning the need for a comprehensive public alert and warning system for the United States, and for other... Read More

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This resolution was introduced on May 31, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives concerning the need for a comprehensive public alert and warning system for the United States, and for other purposes.

Whereas the safety and security of the Nation depends on an effective, reliable, integrated, flexible, and comprehensive system to timely alert and warn the people of the United States, regardless of their location, in situations of war, terrorist attack, natural disaster, imminent danger, or emergency and in other hazardous situations that threaten the health, safety, or well-being of persons or their properties; Whereas Executive Order 13407, signed by President George W. Bush on June 26, 2006, called for the establishment of a comprehensive public alert and warning system; Whereas the Federal Emergency Management Agency established the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) and the IPAWS Program Management Office in April 2007; Whereas in 2009, the Government Accountability Office found that IPAWS had encountered shifting program goals, a lack of continuity of planning, and poorly organized program information; Whereas the legislative bodies of several States have called on Congress to analyze, evaluate, and assess current Federal, State, territorial, tribal, and local public alert and warning systems, the methods and approaches used by such systems, the potential for integrating such systems and their resources, the effectiveness of such systems, and the ability of such systems to simultaneously alert 100 percent of a geographic location, including remote locations and especially those remote locations where surface communications do not exist, have been compromised, or have...

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