Richard Rudman, core member of the Broadcast Warning Working Group, has written an online petition
urging Congress and the executive branch to enact legislation for a
national public warning strategy so emergency public information is
always coordinated with other emergency response measures.
In the petition, BWWG advocates for Emergency Public Information to
be treated as a “true response resource” within the culture of emergency
management professionals and to be legislated by Congress.
“To me, EPI is as much of a resource to be managed as a fire strike
team, SWAT, emergency food distribution, etc.,” Rudman said.
Two pieces of legislation on warnings died in the last Congress that
the National Alliance of State Broadcaster Associations and the BWWG
supported, according to Rudman.
The legislation was based on the Partnership for Public Warning report “A National Strategy for Integrated Public Warning and Capability.”
Reinforced with language from the previous legislative attempts, Rudman
feels this proposal can finally give real, wide-ranging value and
meaning to FEMA’s Common Alerting Protocol warning tool, the Integrated
Public Alert and Warning System.
“We want a national strategy to provide timely and authoritative
emergency protective information to people at risk using all viable
warning systems,” Rudman said.
He hopes to collect between 100 and 200 signatures and to present
them to “key people in Congress who supported those bills to introduce
them again, and get them passed.” He has collected about 83 signatures so far.