FEMA IS-247.B Answers

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This course provides training for authorized public safety officials on the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), which includes drafting effective alert messages, training, testing, and exercising with IPAWS and using best practices for reaching the public.

The course covers the background, components, and user roles of IPAWS, technical and operational components, implementation, message development and dissemination, effective and actionable messages, and training, practice, and exercise for alert originators.

The primary audience for this course includes emergency managers, law enforcement officials, fire department personnel, dispatch personnel, NWS personnel, and other authorized centers.

FEMA IS-247.B: Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) for Alert Originators Answers

IPAWS is mass notification systems in that.unlike; it uses broadcast technology to distribute alerts
Which of the following is true about IPAWS and mass notification systems?They are similar in that they both require opt-in and only send alerts to phone numbers on a database maintained by public safety officials.
What authenticates the sender of a message prior to dissemination through multiple communication pathways?IPAWS Open Platform for Emergency Networks (OPEN)
An effective warning message __.includes sufficient information to validate the public’s risk and spur them to take appropriate action
You realize you have sent an erroneous message to the public. You cancel the message. What is your next step?You follow up with a new message to communicate any updates or corrections to your previously canceled message.
The Collaborative Operating Group (COG) application process requires which of the following to be done?The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is executed between the sponsoring organization and Alerting Authority.
The population impacted by hazards is incredibly diverse in numerous ways. Thus, an alert and warning system needs to do which of the following?Support this diversity and communicate to each impacted subpopulation effectively.
What is a distinct benefit of accessing the IPAWS Training and Demonstration Environment (also referred to as the IPAWS TSSF Environment) via the Web Viewer?The IPAWS Message Viewer is available 24/7 thus, there is no need to schedule time with IPAWS TSSF personnel
The following list is comprised of __: Emergency Alert System (EAS), Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), Internet Services, and Emerging Technologies.Common Alert Protocol (CAP) compliant software vendors
Which means of access to the IPAWS Technical Support Services Facility (TSSF) allows for the following: (1) participate in a webinar with IPAWS TSSF personnel; (2) virtual hands-on; (3) attendee shares screen; (4) verify connectivity to the IPAWS TSSF Environment; (5) practice and train according to your IPAWS Plan; (6) build templates based on hazards; (7) practice sending WEA with 90-360 characters; and (8) IPAWS TSSF equipment included to demonstrate alert origination and dissemination.IPAWS TSSF Web viewer (IPAWS Message viewer)
An effective message must clearly address which of the following:Location, expiration time, local knowledge, state emergency plan, and tribal emergency plan.
Which of the following is a national public warning system commonly used by state, local, tribal, and territorial authorities to deliver important emergency information, such as weather and AMBER alerts, to affected communities over broadcast radio and television?Emergency Alert System (EAS)
What must Alerting Authorities consider when choosing the best pathway to reach the affected public during an emergency event?Which pathway is best to reach the desired subset of the affected public.
What are three important factors to keep in mind when initiating a message?Understand the situation and the call to action; follow the established Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); and create alerts based on your designated permissions.
Which means of access to the IPAWS Technical Support Services Facility (TSSF) allows for the following: (1) user-friendly webpage that verifies alert dissemination sent to the IPAWS Lab; (2) permits users to view alert status and error codes; (3) permits users to troubleshoot if necessary; and (4) alerts are available for review for 24 hours.IPAWS TSSF Web viewer (IPAWS Message viewer)
I am an eligible IPAWS user who sends alerts to the public. I can operate on the federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial levels. What is my formal title?Alerting Authority
__ is/are a useful means of providing additional details that will help the public take action and better respond to a changing threat.Follow-up alerts
When crafting an alert message, which of the following considerations will help reduce public confusion?Minimizing message content to that which is necessary. Clear and accurate is best.
As the alert originator, you will select data elements to describe the emergency event in Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) compliant alert authoring software. These data elements differ slightly between systems. Which answer choice contains examples of data elements typically used to describe emergencies?Urgency, Severity, and Certainty
State, local, and tribal alerting authorities who send alerts to the public through IPAWS, must do which of the following?Only send alerts for which they have permissions designated by state, tribal, or appropriate officials followed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Alerts can be geo-targeted to areas smaller than a county. Geo-targeting is based on which of the following?The alerting tool capability only.
A flood has occurred and several highways are closed. The affected community includes a high percentage of Spanish-speaking residents. What is the best way to issue warnings in this situation?Issue warnings in Spanish as well as in English.
You have just sent an emergency alert but accidentally included an incorrect geographic area that should not have been included because the emergency event will not impact said area. What should you do?As the alert originator, you should follow your agency’s policy for canceling a message and then send an “all clear” to all affected jurisdictions.
Which of the following lists reflects the purpose and some of the benefits of working in the IPAWS Training and Demonstration Environment (also referred to as the IPAWS TSSF Environment)?The ability to practice translating messages into multiple languages via the IPAWS system; functional assessments; large-scale to small-scale table-top exercise support; and independent alert validation tool (IPAWS Message Viewer).
Which stakeholders are a valuable resource helping Alerting Authorities to stay apprised of which codes are automatically forwarded and which are not according to their Emergency Alert System (EAS) plan?Broadcasters and Cable Operators
A decision-maker must consider which of the following criteria BEFORE deciding to issue a public warning?Does the hazardous situation pose a serious threat to life or property?
The Alert Originator utilizes IPAWS in accordance with my plans, policies, and procedures to create and send out emergency messages. Who am I?An Alert Originator
As an Alert Originator, I want to send an alert to mobile devices. Which alerting communication pathway would I use?Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)
In my role, I determine the utilization of IPAWS and define its use through plans, policies, and procedures. Who am I?An Alert Originator
As the alert originator, when sending an emergency alert, all of the following apply except __.Alerts must be sent via all pathways to reach as much of the public as possible
Which is true of the process for obtaining an IPAWS Training and Demonstration Environment (also referred to as the IPAWS TSSF Environment) certificate?It is required to use the IPAWS Training and Demonstration Environment (IPAWS TSSF Environment)
Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) __.provides the capability to include: photographs, maps, and streaming video.
To increase effectiveness, an alert message must be __.consistent across all platforms
A mass notification system is a _ service maintained by public safety officials to distribute alerts. IPAWS is a _ service and utilizes broadcast to distribute alerts.Subscription-based; Non-subscription based
A Collaborative Operating Group (COG) has the authority to send alerts to the public through IPAWS only after _.an agreement to exchange alerting information with other COGs has been executed
Once you have completed the online Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training course, what is your next step?You will receive your IPAWS Training and Demonstration Certificate and either you or your vendor will upload it to the origination software.
Which stakeholder offers additional dissemination channels that contribute to the alerting ecosystem to share as much information with the public as possible so that they can actively respond to hazards and threats?Private sector companies
IPAWS was created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to _.provide resources during natural disasters, terrorist attacks, situations of war, or other hazards to public safety
As an Alert Originator, which of the following communication pathways can I use to deliver a message through IPAWS?Emergency Alert System (EAS), Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), Internet Services, and the Weather Channel.
The IPAWS Training and Demonstration Environment provides access to _.Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)


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