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TEMA executes emergency alert on next generation public warning system

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NASHVILLE, TN (WRCB) -

On Saturday around noon, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency issued the state's first locally-generated wireless alert message using the federal Integrated Public Alert and Warning Systems (IPAWS). 

TEMA used the wireless alert message to alert Moore County residents and some parts of Lincoln County residents that their power would be out at 12 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22 for about four hours. TEMA sent the message out to residents cell phones which also gave them instructions on what to do to prepare.

"Supporting local emergency managers in warning the public just became more effective," said TEMA Director Jim Bassham.  "Local agencies can now inform the public about emergencies by directing alerts to cell phones, weather radios and broadcast networks.  When emergencies cross multiple counties or a local agency needs help distributing a public warning, TEMA will have the same capability."

35 local entities in Tennessee including TEMA have become IPAWS authorized alerting agencies.  A few local IPAWS alerting authorities include Metro Nashville, the Cleveland and Bradley County Emergency Management Agency, the Crossville and Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency and the City of Dyersburg.

September is National Preparedness Month and as the lead State of Tennessee agency for promoting personal preparedness, TEMA is working directly with local emergency management agencies and other local authorities to help the public be prepared for the next disaster.

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