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Agency Information Collection Activities, Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Integrated Public Alert and Warning Systems (IPAWS) Inventory

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Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.




The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on a proposed revision of a continuing information collection. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice seeks comments concerning the proposed revision of the information collection concerning public alert and warning systems at the Federal, State, territorial, Tribal and local levels of government which is necessary for the inventory and evaluation and assessment of existing public alert and warning resources and their integration with the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System.


Comments must be submitted on or before August 5, 2011.


To avoid duplicate submissions to the docket, please use only one of the following means to submit comments:

(1) Online. Submit comments at under Docket ID FEMA-2011-0013. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

(2) Mail. Submit written comments to Docket Manager, Office of Chief Counsel, DHS/FEMA, 500 C Street, SW., Room 835, Washington, DC 20472-3100.

(3) Facsimile. Submit comments to (703) 483-2999.

(4) E-mail. Submit comments to Include Docket ID FEMA-2011-0013 in the subject line.

All submissions received must include the agency name and Docket ID. Regardless of the method used for submitting comments or material, all submissions will be posted, without change, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at, and will include any personal information you provide. Therefore, Start Printed Page 32368submitting this information makes it public. You may wish to read the Privacy Act notice that is available via the link in the footer of

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Vincent Dumas, Business Operations Specialist, National Continuity Program IPAWS Division, FEMA, (202) 646-4269 for additional information. You may contact the Records Management Division for copies of the proposed collection of information at facsimile number (202) 646-3347 or e-mail address:

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Presidential Executive Order 13407 establishes the policy for an effective, reliable, integrated, flexible, and comprehensive system to alert and warn the American people in situations of war, terrorist attack, natural disaster, or other hazards to public safety and well being. The Executive Order requires that DHS establish an inventory of public alert and warning resources, capabilities, and the degree of integration at the Federal, State, territorial, Tribal, and local levels of government. The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) implements the requirements of the Executive Order. The information collected has, and will continue to consist of the public alert and warning systems, as well as the communication systems being used for collaboration and situational awareness at the Local Emergency Operations Center (EOC) level and higher. This information will help FEMA identify the technologies currently in use or desired for inclusion into IPAWS.

Collection of Information

Title: Integrated Public Alert and Warning Systems (IPAWS) Inventory.

Type of Information Collection: Revision of currently approved collection.

OMB Number: 1660-0106.

Form Titles and Numbers: FEMA Form 142-1-1, IPAWS Inventory.

Abstract: FEMA will be conducting an inventory, evaluation and assessment of the capabilities of Federal, State, territorial, Tribal, and local government alert and warning systems. The IPAWS Inventory and Evaluation Survey collects data that will facilitate the integration of public alert and warning systems. It also reduces Federal planning costs by leveraging existing State systems.

Affected Public: State, local, territorial, and Tribal Government.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 5,796 hours.

Annual Hour Burden

Data collection activity/instrumentNumber of respondentsFrequency of responsesHour burden per responseAnnual responsesTotal annual burden hours
(A)(B)(C)(D) = (A × B)(C × D)
FEMA Form 142-1-1, IPAWS Inventory and Evaluation Survey1,93213 hours (180 min)1,9325,796
Total1,9323 hours (180 min)1,9325,796

Estimated Cost: There are no annual start-up or capital costs.


Comments may be submitted as indicated in the ADDRESSES caption above. Comments are solicited to (a) Evaluate whether the proposed data collection is necessary for the proper performance of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

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Dated: May 11, 2011.

Lesia M. Banks,

Director, Records Management Division, Mission Support Bureau, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security.

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[FR Doc. 2011-13141 Filed 6-3-11; 8:45 am]