As local officials begin the process to issue alerts through FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), the Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will fund research designed to enhance an IPAWS program that went live a few weeks ago. DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) will fund research into the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), the new system for sending alerts to mobile devices without requiring the public to sign-up.
Specifically, S&T is seeking Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation (RDT&E) activities in the following areas:
o People with functional and access needs
o Older Americans
o Isolated/rural populations
o Institutional populations, and
o Limited English Proficiency populations
Applications are due May 24. Funding will be granted for projects demonstrating the potential for significant improvement or greater understanding in the aforementioned areas. For more information, as well as applications, visit grants.gov.