International Extension and Public Alert System Program

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Engineers and instructors Garry Clarke (out of picture) and Colin Schulz (seated on the right), project partners for IEPAS, provide training on the Chatty Beetle to the US Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) Territorial Emergency Management Coordinating Office (TEMCO) in American Samoa.

The International Extension and Public Alert System (IEPAS) program engages in research and undertakes projects to improve rural and remote communication of meteorological, climate, and other environmental information. Primary support for the program is provided by the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) within its Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance.  Funding is provided through an inter-agency agreement with the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) International Activities Office (IAO).

To accomplish its mission, IEPAS engages in the development of communication tools, provides training, and manages pilots and quasi-operational systems. The program works in parts of Africa, Asia, Pacific, and Central America and Caribbean.

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IEPAS maintains a number of ongoing projects and initiatives and hosts JOSS employees, including Martin Stienson, who oversee and guide the program’s work in research, tests, and development.   Many of the projects and initiatives grew out of the original work of RANET, which still operates today.  The IEPAS program itself grew out of RANET efforts, and it was established to address a wider range of communication issues than that undertaken by RANET.

RANET Projects:

  • Alert Watcher (RAW)
  • Chatty Beetle
  • GEONETCast (Broadcasts)
  • Pacific HF / VHF Networks
  • RAPIDCast
  • RANET Internet Presence Initiative (RIPI)

Other Projects:

  • Alert and Notification Technology Crib
  • Alert and Notification Toolkit
  • EMWIN (Emergency Managers Weather Information Network)
    (field deployments and training)
  • Flood and Flash Flood Guidance Systems 
  • GEONETCast (Station Deployments)
  • Lessons Learned from Hydro-Meteorological Hazards for Climate Adaptation (LLHMH) study.
  • MapTack

JOSS also provides administrator support to personnel who manage IEPAS.  Support ranges from equipment purchase and subaward facilitation to logistics and travel for training workshops.  Tara Torres, a Project Coordinator/Meeting Planner at JOSS, provides administrative support to this program.

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