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Montgomery, Alabama –The state of Alabama Office of Information Technology (OIT) has joined forces with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to keep all Alabamians safe in times of emergencies. OIT has received FEMA approval to access the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). This allows OIT to add this significant and important technology to the State of Alabama Voice over IP (VOIP) Telephone System.

As threats increase daily, it is vital to be prepared. Through the finalized Memorandum of Understanding, the VoIP system will now relay emergency messages directly from FEMA. These warning notifications will help provide state employees with up-to-date information in critical situations such as security breaches, natural disasters, or other emergencies. This increased capability will help ensure employees get potentially life-saving information quickly, keeping them safe during any adverse conditions. These warning messages are only used for major events and not routine communications.

This new technology is an exciting addition to OIT’s statewide VoIP project. OIT has installed nearly 650 phones to 10 state agencies on the Montgomery campus to date, with more agencies being added to the service every week. All agencies that are on the state’s new VoIP system will get this service.