McCaskill warning-systems bill headed to president's desk
WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill Thursday backed by Sen. Claire McCaskill, which aims to deliver potentially lifesaving information to the public during disasters. McCaskill is a senior member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act was approved by the Senate in July of last year. With Thursday's House approval, the bill will go to President Obama's desk. If he signs it, it will become law.
This legislation aims to update and integrate the nation’s warning systems to better alert and inform the public during national emergencies. The system this bill aims to improve was originally created after Hurricane Katrina.
Specific changes to current Integrated Public Alert and Warning System:
- Department of Homeland Security must incorporate redundant warning messages to reach greatest number of people
- Department of Homeland Security must provide flexibility for the incorporation of future technologies
- Department of Homeland Security must ensure the overall system is resistant to natural and man made threats
The bill received bi-partisan support during its journey through the House and Senate.