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Lamar Advertising to Display FEMA Emergency Alerts on Digital Billboards Nationwide

Baton Rouge, LA – December 8, 2020 – Lamar Advertising Company (Nasdaq: LAMR), one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in the world, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that emergency alerts transmitted over FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) will be displayed on select Lamar digital billboards throughout the country. IPAWS is FEMA's national system for local alerting that provides authenticated emergency and life-saving information to the public through mobile phones, radio, television and internet-based services.

“As one of the last true mass media, billboard messages capture the attention of the public as they are noticed by 90% of consumers each month,” said Sean Reilly, CEO of Lamar Advertising Company. “Throughout our history, Lamar has been instrumental in helping law enforcement, government agencies, and, most recently, health officials quickly disseminate information to the public. By extending the reach of FEMA alerts to our digital billboards, we will ensure more people see the real-time, critical information they need to stay safe during emergencies."

FEMA Alert Digital Billboard Lamar Advertising
A FEMA alert running on a Lamar digital billboard.

More than 1,500 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial alerting authorities use IPAWS to convey information about severe weather, missing children and other public safety emergencies. IPAWS alerts have already appeared on Lamar digital billboards in 17 states and are available to run in all 43 states that Lamar covers. When an Authorized Alerting Authority issues an emergency alert, Lamar offices in the affected regions will have the ability to automatically broadcast that alert on available digital billboard space in the region affected by the alert. Alerts will be displayed for 30 minutes at a time.

“Between the ongoing pandemic and a record number of hurricanes, this has been an unprecedented year for emergency alerts,” FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor said. “By integrating IPAWS across Lamar's national digital billboard network, we have yet another channel to convey potentially life-saving information to the American public.”

Press Contacts:

Allie McAlpin
Lamar Advertising Company
Communications Director
(225) 926-1000
[email protected]

Keith St. Clair
EA Liaison
(202) 702-3229
[email protected]

About Lamar Advertising Company
Founded in 1902, Lamar Advertising Company (Nasdaq: LAMR) is one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in the world, with over 357,500 displays across the United States and Canada. Lamar offers advertisers a variety of billboards, interstate logo, transit, and airport advertising formats, helping both local businesses and national brands reach broad audiences every day. In addition to its more traditional out of home inventory, Lamar is proud to offer its customers the largest network of digital billboards in the United States with over 3,600 displays. Please feel free to explore our website or contact us at [email protected] for additional information.

About FEMA
FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. Since the first alert was sent in 2011, IPAWS has carried more than 81,000 alerts and warnings. That figure includes more than 11,000 alerts/warnings delivered so far in 2020. For more information about IPAWS, go to FEMA’s website at 

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