State of Nevada

In 2015, the PW/PI project will focus on identifying the latest standards necessary for implementing a statewide Emergency Alert System Plan by delivering exceptional training and education throughout Nevada. We invite and strongly encourage a representative from counties, municipalities, public, private, and tribal agencies to engage and participate with us in developing and writing a sustainable statewide Emergency Alert System plan. 

                           Preparing Nevada
             ~~Emergency Alert System~~

The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters, cable television systems, wireless cable systems, satellite digital audio radio service (SDARS) providers, and direct broadcast satellite (DBS) providers to provide the communications capability to the President to address the American public during a national emergency. The system also may be used by state and local authorities to deliver important emergency information, such as AMBER alerts and weather information targeted to specific areas.   Learn more.....
About the Public Warning/Public Information Project

Beginning in 2012, the Washoe County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security led the effort through a State Homeland Security Initiative to refine Nevada Public Warning and Public Information. 

Three things occurred to place this initiative as a high priority:

•  Presidential Directive 8, National Preparedness goal, and the transition to core capabilities - all specifically place priority on emergency communications with our citizens.


•  The devastating AMTRAC Crash, Air Race Disaster, and two Wildland fires in urban areas in 2011 revealed serious gaps in our ability to both warn the public and to keep them informed- imagine if these had been terrorist events (as was initially claimed by extremists through the media.)


•  The Nevada State Homeland Security Commission prioritized Public Warning and Information as the second highest priority in the state.

Learn More about the Public Warning/Public Information 
Working with our Tribal Partners

Check out the video for more information!! 
Statewide Task Force and Statewide Plans

The project has a Statewide Task Force to guide the project composed of representatives from the whole community- state, local, tribal, non-profit, and private sector.  

The Washoe County Emergency Manager will guide governance as the project manager and will conduct day-to-day coordination.  Specific AEL equipment for warning will be procured and distributed throughout the State.  Targeted materials for citizen preparedness will be purchased for each county (including special needs materials).  

A consultant will establish a comprehensive outreach plan using the most effective variety of media for protection, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.  


Finally, a transition component will ensure smooth hand-over to local government for sustainment.

Aaron Kenneston's Presentation on PW/PI
Click to download a copy of the PW/PI Overview Presentation

by Aaron Kenneston

Presentation Date:  December 13, 2012