Emergency Preparedness:

Results of Survey on State and Local Emergency Alert and Notification Capabilities (GAO-09-880SP, September 2009), an E-supplement to GAO-09-834

GAO-09-880SP: Published: Sep 9, 2009. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2009.

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This is a supplemtary report to GAO-09-834. It presents selected results of GAO's Web-based survey of emergency management directors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We conducted this survey to collect information on state and local alert capabilities, including the extent of compatibility standards usage; state and local participation in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) pilot projects; state and local communication and coordination with FEMA regarding the IPAWS program; and challenges, from the state and local perspective, to developing and implementing an integrated alert and warning system. A copy of the survey and selected results can be viewed by clicking on the table of contents at the bottom right of this document. We received completed questionnaires from 46 states and the District of Columbia for a response rate of 92 percent. This document presents results from all closed-entry survey questions but does not include narrative responses that we received.

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