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This section contains information on Federal governance partners at the national level and the policies that guide the Program Management Office's (PMO) mission.

Executive Order (E.O) 13407

Established under Executive Order (E.O.) 13407, the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) provides the capability to notify the American people of impending natural and man-made disasters. In the event of a national emergency, the President may use IPAWS to communicate to the public quickly, easily, and simultaneously via multiple communications pathways with only 10 minutes notice. Through a federated system of systems consisting of Primary Entry Point (PEP) stations, the Emergency Alert System (EAS), and IPAWS-Open Platform for Emergency Networks (OPEN), IPAWS delivers timely, geographically targeted messages during a crisis to both save lives and protect property.

Federal Governance Partners

Federal governance partners are important to the success of the IPAWS program. Federal governance partners are Federal authorities who are responsible for national policies and regulations affecting public alerts and warnings. They represent a large and unique segment of the emergency management community and the American people.

FEMA’s Mission and Initiatives

The IPAWS PMO Strategic Plan supports the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) mission: to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.  Furthermore, IPAWS advances the 2014-2018 FEMA Strategic Plan and FEMA’s strategic imperatives: a whole community approach to emergency management and a culture that fosters innovation and learning.


IPAWS is guided by its mission, laid out in the IPAWS Strategic Plan: Fiscal Year 2014-2018 to provide integrated services and capabilities to Federal, State, territorial, tribal and local authorities that enable them to alert and warn their respective communities via multiple communications methods.  Additionally, the IPAWS vision is to provide timely alert and warning to American people in the preservation of life and property using the most effective means for delivering alerts that are available at any given time.  To achieve its mission and realize its vision, the IPAWS PMO has five goals:
1.    Create, maintain and evolve an integrated interoperable environment for alert and warning
2.    Make alert and warning more effective
3.    Strengthen the resilience of IPAWS infrastructure
4.    Enhance the means for monitoring and measuring success
5.    Develop an IPAWS PMO workforce that is well-trained and satisfied

Legislative Government Partners

The IPAWS PMO is engaged with the Congressional committees that have legislative oversight of IPAWS. The IPAWS PMO provides periodic reports to these committees detailing updates on IPAWS implementation, and IPAWS PMO leadership engages with these committees to keep them informed of IPAWS developments. The IPAWS PMO has also conducted an interactive end-to-end IPAWS concept of operations demonstration for members of Congress and their staff at the United States Capitol Visitors Center.

Last Updated: 
11/12/2015 - 09:08