Informational Materials

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The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Program Management Office (PMO) develops informational materials about IPAWS to increase understanding and awareness of this unique program.  These materials are periodically updated as components of IPAWS mature and new information becomes available.

Program Information

  • IPAWS Introductory Presentation Slides - General information on the history of the National Emergency Alert System (EAS). IPAWS architecture, Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), coverage on recent events relating to public alerting, and the IPAWS PMO's Public Education Campaign.
  • IPAWS Strategic Plan FY14-FY18 
    Strategy that supports the IPAWS Vision, Mission, Goals, and Objectives. It is the cornerstone document upon which other programmatic and technical documents build.
  • 2013/2014 IPAWS Strategic Outreach Plan
    The IPAWS PMO, in partnership with alerting authorities, private sector partners, Federal governance partners, and non-profit and advocacy organizations, strengthens the nation’s alert and warning capabilities and provides educational and actionable information to the American people to ensure all segments of the American population understand the functions of IPAWS and how to respond to alerts and warnings from public safety officials. (En Español )

  • IPAWS Architecture Diagram
    Diagram showing how standards-based alert message protocols, authenticated alert message senders, and shared access and distribution networks work together to deliver alerts and warnings to public interface devices.
  • IPAWS Glossary
    Definitions of commonly used IPAWS terminology
  • EAS Best Practices Guide (TXT 108KB)
    The Emergency Alert System (EAS) Best Practices Guide was created in partnership with EAS participants to support incremental improvements by providing basic guidelines for EAS operation and maintenance.
  • IPAWS Toolkit for Alerting Authorities
    The IPAWS Toolkit for Alerting Authorities provides Local, State Territorial, Tribal and Federal public safety officials with resources to assist them as they adopt the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP), incorporate IPAWS, and ensure that their communities understand how to access, use, and respond to public alert and warning information. 
  • FY 2014 Supplemental Grant Guidance on Public Alert and Warnings
    The purpose of the FY 2014 Supplemental Guidance on Public Alert and Warnings is to provide guidance to grantees on: public alert and warning activities that can be funded through Federal grants; technical standards that facilitate interoperability; and recommendations for planning, coordinating, and implementing alert and warning projects.  

Fact Sheets

Resources for Public Education

Public Service Announcements (PSAs) for Radio and TV (English and Spanish)

Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) PSAs are available to IPAWS partners to support their outreach efforts.  Work with your local broadcasters to make the WEA PSA a part of your local public education campaigns by individualizing the PSA tagline.

30 second WEA PSAs for TV (English and Spanish)

Emergency Management Institute (EMI)

FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) 15-minute web-based training course entitled, “IPAWS and the American People” is designed to educate the American people about the variety of alert and warning tools and technologies public safety officials can use to send them life-saving alerts.  The course also has a section focused on how the public should respond when they receive an alert.
FEMA Emergency Management Institute Independent Study Course IS-248

FEMA encourages public safety officials to take full advantage of all of these products.  Please contact the IPAWS PMO at if you are interested in incorporating the WEA PSAs and/or other products into your State and local public education campaigns.  


America's PrepareAthon Campaign Flyers

America's PrepareAthon! is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions, and exercises.

Alerts and Warnings Information Sheet

Flash Flood Poster

Wildfire Poster

Tornado Poster

Hurricane Poster


Learn more about lifesaving alerts about IPAWS at's webpage,     

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Last Updated: 
08/28/2014 - 17:25
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