[Report] IPAWS Alert Test: Access Survey Results

This report provides an analysis, based on personal experiences, of the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), conducted on October 4, 2023, by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The objective of the survey was threefold:

  • to assess how people access national alerts,
  • identify barriers faced by disabled individuals in receiving these alerts, and
  • educate FEMA and the FCC about accessibility barriers.

With a total of 421 respondents, the survey captured a range of experiences and identified critical areas for improvement in the national alert system.

Thank you to everyone who submitted responses and helped us circulate the survey.

Your experiences, both personal and professional, are valuable in understanding how people with disabilities receive the EAS and WEA alerts during a disaster or emergency.

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