Recently FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute released a new course in their Independent Study series.  IS-248, Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) for the American Public (http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.aspx), is a half hour introduction to the IPAWS components that the average person might encounter.  I took it last week and thought it was so dreadful that I’m interested in the feedback of other ARES members.

A somewhat more useful training, at least in my mind, is the two hour IS-247.a, Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), available through that same web address.  It is more technical, but hams should have no trouble with that.  If anyone out there takes both courses, I’d enjoy hearing from you even if you disagree with me about the content of the new class.  Contact me at maschulsinger@yahoo.com or n8qhv@arrl.net with your thoughts.