About the Project

The Washoe County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is championing a State Homeland Security Initiative to refine Nevada Public Warning and Public Information. 

Three things have 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.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Elko, NV

AWR 209 Dealing with the Media:  A Short Course for Rural First Responders

Location:  Boys and Girls Club of Elko
                782 Country Club Drive
                Elko, NV  89801

Time:  9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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Registration Deadline:  Aug. 5th

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Working with our Tribal Partners

Aaron Kenneston's Presentation on PW/PI
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by Aaron Kenneston

Presentation Date:  December 13, 2012
Statewide Task Force and Statewide Plans Will be Developed

The project will begin with the formation of 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, and a project manager 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.