***Note: We have changed building and meeting room locations in 2018. The building is in the same complex but one building over from the building we had met in during 2017. It is now 7650 Edinborough Way Suite 330 (third floor)
Minnesota’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)
This month’s speaker will give an overview of the recent emergency notification drill conducted by Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) and MN-Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Additionally, advancements with Minnesota’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) will be shared with insights into how business and public partnerships can work together to improve preparedness and response initiatives. As part of the TPT and HSEM exercise, emergency information was put out in four different languages (English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong) including the piloted broadcast of an Emergency Alert System (EAS) message and live streaming a mock media briefing. This session will explore how TPT’s broadcast channel 2.5 (TPT|NOW) can serve as a resource for broadcasting weather, preparedness and emergency response content supporting public health and safety initiatives. It will also explore future opportunities to utilize this channel during emergencies and other major events and improving cross-sector continuity partnerships.
Lillian McDonald – Managing Director, Twin Cities Public Television
Lillian McDonald is the Managing Director for Twin Cities Public Television’s Emergency Response Services or E-R-S. ERS evolved out of collaborative work between TPT and Public Safety Partners to prepare real time warning and alerts in different languages including Spanish, Hmong, Somali and English. Before her work at TPT, Lillian was the founding executive director of a non-profit called ECHO or Emergency, Community, Health and Outreach, specializing in multilingual and multimedia programs. Before her public service work as a community leader, McDonald was a broadcast journalist for radio and television stations in the Midwest including WHO Radio-(Iowa), KARE-11 and FOX-9 in Minneapolis. She is has also served as a Public Information Officer for FEMA serving in large scale emergencies including Hurricane Katrina.
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