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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.

Search IPAWS’ digital library to find information about IPAWS.  Email the IPAWS Program Management Office (PMO) at ipaws@dhs.gov if you are interested in learning more.

Governance and General IPAWS Information

            IPAWS Strategic Plan FY14-FY18

            2013/2014 IPAWS Strategic Outreach Plan

            IPAWS Architecture Diagram

            IPAWS Glossary

Information for the American People

            Overview of IPAWS for the American People Fact Sheet

            PSAs: Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) Public Service Announcements

            For Kids: Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and Word Search Puzzle

            AMBER Alert Fact Sheet

            www.Ready.gov/alerts

            Online 15-minute course “IPAWS and the American People”

Information for Public Safety Officials and Alerting Authorities

            How to Sign Up for IPAWS Fact Sheet

            Alerting Authorities FAQs

            IPAWS Toolkit for Alerting Authorities

            Guide to Implementing IPAWS

            Alerting Authorities Reference Guide

            How Indian Tribal Governments Can Sign up for IPAWS Fact Sheet

            Alerting People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Function Needs Fact Sheet

            Alerting the Whole Community White Paper

            FY14 Supplemental Grant Guidance on Public Alerts and Warnings

            Online Training Courses for Alerting Authorities

            EAS (Emergency Alert System) Best Practices Guide

            WEA (Wireless Emergency Alerts) Best Practices Guide

IPAWS Components

            IPAWS-OPEN Fact Sheet

            Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) Fact Sheet

            Emergency Alert System (EAS) Fact Sheet

            Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Fact Sheet

            Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) FAQs

America's PrepareAthon Campaign Flyers

           Alerts and Warnings Information Sheet

           Prepareathon Posters: Flash Flood, Wildfire, Tornado, Hurricane

           

Governance and General IPAWS Information

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

Information for the American People

Overview of IPAWS for the American People
Local and State public safety officials, the National Weather Service (NWS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and private industry are working together to make sure the American people can receive alerts and warnings quickly through several different technologies at home, at school, at work, or even on vacation.

PSAs: Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Public Service Announcements                                                                                 The IPAWS Program Management Office, in partnership with Ready.gov and the Ad Council, created WEA Public Service Announcements (PSAs) for radio and TV, in English and Spanish. 

For Kids: Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and Word Search Puzzles                                                                                    Wireless Emergency Alerts, or WEAs, are emergency messages sent to your cell phone by public safety and weather officials to grab your attention and help keep you safe during an emergency. This WEA word search and activity sheet can help teach children about WEAs.   

AMBER Alert Fact Sheet
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) messages about America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) alerts are sent from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in accordance with instructions from state AMBER coordinators. The AMBER alert program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases.

www.Ready.gov/alerts                                                                                                                                                       Information on tools and technologies that can be used to send and receive alerts and warnings, how to prepare for emergencies, and what to do when you receive important information from your public safety officials.

Online 15-minute course “IPAWS and the American People                                                                                                      This fun and interactive course is designed to educate you about the variety of alert and warning tools and technologies public safety officials can use to send life-saving alerts. The course also has a section focused on how you should respond when you receive an alert.
 

Information for the Public Safety Officials and Alerting Authorities

How to Sign Up for IPAWS
Four steps for alerting authorities interested in becoming authenticated to send alerts and warnings through IPAWS. Detailed instructions on how to sign up for IPAWS, with the necessary application form, are also available on the Alerting Authorities web page. (En Español )

Alerting Authorities Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 
IPAWS provides authorized alerting authorities at all levels of government with the capability to integrate their alerts and warning systems with the national alert and warning infrastructure and send critical information to the public before, during, and after an emergency to allow the public to take the necessary actions to ensure their safety and minimize damage to property. 

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. 

Alerting Authorities Reference Link                                                                                                                                References alerting codes that can be used by alerting authorities to create alert and waning messages for the public.

How Indian Tribal Governments Can Sign Up For Public Alert and Warnings
Tribal elected officials may designate emergency alerting authorities to apply for access to IPAWS for the purpose of sending public alerts and warnings within a tribe's jurisdiction. 

Alerting People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs Fact Sheet
Describes how the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) enables alerting authorities to send rich, multimedia messages which can be incorporated with emerging assistive technologies to provide alerts and warnings to the whole community.

Alerting the Whole Community: Removing Barriers to Alerting Accessibility White Paper                                                            To reach everyone in the whole community, it’s important to remember the wide diversity of needs and preferences of people when it comes to receiving 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.  

Online Training Courses for Alerting Authorities                                                                                                                            IS-247a is a required online course for IPAWS public alerting authorities; IS-251 is an advanced training course for alerting authorities.  Click here to learn (1) the benefits of using IPAWS for effective public warnings; (2) skills to draft more appropriate, effective, and accessible warning messages using best practices in alerting; (3) best practices in the effective use of Common Alerting Protocol (CAP); and (4) about Collaborative Operating Groups (COGs)—how they are issued, their structure, their capabilities, and more.

EAS (Emergency Alert System) Best Practices Guide
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.

WEA (Wireless Emergency Alerts) Best Practices Guide                                                                                                             The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) sponsored the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University to develop a series of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) best practices for alert originators. Additionally, SEI proposed recommendations for enhancing trust in the WEA service among stakeholders -- a crucial factor in WEA’s

 

IPAWS Components

IPAWS-OPEN Fact Sheet
Describes the importance and features of the IPAWS Open Platform for Emergency Networks, or IPAWS-OPEN, which authenticates and routes alerts and warnings to existing and emerging public alerting systems.

Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) Fact Sheet
Descriptions of how the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) is integrated into IPAWS and explains the benefits of using a single standard.

Emergency Alert System (EAS) Fact Sheet
The Emergency Alert System is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters, cable television systems, wireless cable systems, satellite digital audio radio service (SDARS) providers, and direct broadcast satellite (DBS) providers to provide the President with communications capability to address the American people within 10 minutes during a national emergency.

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) FAQs  
Wireless Emergency Alerts, or WEAs, are emergency messages sent to your cell phone by public safety and weather officials to grab your attention and help keep you safe during an emergency. The purpose of WEA is to provide an increasingly mobile American public with a free and fast way to receive critically important information. (En Español )

 

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                                                                                                                                 Receiving timely information about weather conditions or other emergency events can make all the difference in knowing when to take action to be safe. Local police and fire departments, emergency managers, the National Weather Service (NWS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and private industry are working together to make sure you can receive alerts and warnings quickly through several different technologies no matter where you are–at home, at school, at work, or in the community.

        Preparathon Posters - Themes: Flash Flood - Wildfire - Hurricane - Tornado 

 


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.

 

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Last Updated: 
09/12/2014 - 18:33
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