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Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Accomplishments to Date

In close coordination with public and private sector partners, FEMA has made several important advancements to the integration of public alert and warning systems, increasing the ability of the President, as well as state, territorial, tribal, and local emergency managers to provide the public with life-saving alerts.

Previous accomplishments include:

  • IPAWS Technical Specification to Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) v1.2 (Nov. 2009)
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Interface Specification (Dec. 2009)
  • Conducted live code exercise of national Emergency Alert System (EAS) Emergency Action Notification (EAN) in Alaska (Jan. 2010)
  • Published IPAWS Strategic Plan (June 2010)
  • First Expansion Primary Entry Point (PEP) station brought online (Aug. 2010)
  • Disaster Management (DM)-Open Platforms for Emergency Networks (OPEN) v 2.0 brought online in FEMA data center (Aug. 2010)
  • IPAWS OPEN v 2.0 brought online in FEMA data center (Aug. 2010)
  • Accepted the Emergency Alert System (EAS)-CAP Industry Group (ECIG CAP) to EAS Implementation Guide (Aug. 2010)
  • Formally adopted the CAP Standard (Sept. 2010)
  • Conducted live code exercise of national Emergency Alert System (EAS) Emergency Action Notification (EAN) in Alaska (Jan. 2011)
  • Rolled out the IPAWS Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) Gateway for carrier testing (Feb. 2011)
  • Conducted EAS demonstration using Tsunami Live Code in Virgin Islands (March 2011)
  • Implemented a CAP Atom Feed for EAS Participants (Sept. 2011)
  • Began authenticating state and local alerting authorities for IPAWS (Sept. 2011)
  • Attained Aquisition Decision Event 3 (ADE-3) For PEP and ADE-2C for OPEN (Oct. 2011)
  • Conducted first-ever Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System (Nov. 2011)
  • Began serving Required Weekly Tests for EAS Participants (Dec. 2011)
  • Began processing applications for IPAWS Public Alerting Authority (Dec. 2011)
  • Demonstration of the first WEA message delivered from a local authority (New York City) through WEA to consumer cell phones. (Dec. 2011)
  • Roll out of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Capability (Dec. 2011)
  • Collaborated with the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) for the publication of Independent Study Course IS-247 “Integrated Public Alert and Warning System” web-based training (Dec. 2011)
  • Developed “A State Toolkit for Adopting IPAWS” to support State Emergency Managers communication with county and local officials about IPAWS (March 2012)
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) fully operational (April 2012)

IPAWS Milestones and Goals for 2013

The IPAWS PMO goals for the months and years ahead involve continued coordination with public and private sector partners to improve the integrated, interoperable environment for alert and warning and to strengthen the resilience of alert and warning infrastructure while growing and supporting the community of IPAWS-authenticated alerting authorities actively sending alerts and warnings to the American people through IPAWS.

The IPAWS 2013 Milestones and goals include:

  • Ensure the American People understand the functions of IPAWS and how to respond to alerts and warnings from public safety officials
  • Provide continuing support for implementation of WEA
  • Continue the modernization and expansion of the national EAS PEP network to directly cover 90 percent of Americans
  • Continue discussing further tests and exercises of the national EAS
  • Conformance testing of vendor products to IPAWS CAP Profile  
  • Continue integration and inclusion of internet service alerting capabilities in IPAWS
  • Evaluate new alert and warning technologies
  • Integrate special access and functional needs components
  • Incorporate IPAWS into the nation’s critical infrastructure protection policies and programs
  • Continue outreach with intra-governmental organizations to improve communication across local, regional, and national levels of government and to the American people
  • Continue evaluation of strategic approaches to outreach activities to and with key partners to strengthen resiliency

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Last Updated: 
06/20/2013 - 09:01