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.
- 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.
- 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 )
- 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.
- IPAWS-OPEN Fact Sheet
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.
- All-Hazards Emergency Message Collection System / HazCollect Alerting Fact Sheet
Details on how National Weather Service (NWS) dissemination services can be accessed by IPAWS to relay non-weather related alerts and warnings.
- Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Fact Sheet
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) allow alerting authorities to use FEMA's IPAWS-OPEN platform to send geographically targeted text-like alerts to the public via their cell phones and other mobile devices. (En Español )
- Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Fact Sheet and Word Search Puzzle for Kids
Wireless Emergency Alerts, or WEAs, are emergency messsages sent to your cell phone by public safety and weather officials to grab your attention and help keep you safe during an emergency. This flyer are specifically created for children and teach them about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Also included is a WEA Word Search Activity sheet.
- Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Frequently Asked Questions
Wireless Emergency Alerts messages are text-like alert messages received by your mobile device during an emergency in your area. 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 )
- 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 the state AMBER coordinator. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Alerting Inclusive of Audiences with People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs- Fact Sheet
How the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) enables rich, multimedia messages which can be leveraged by emerging assistive technologies to provide alerts and warnings to the whole community.
- 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 Authorities Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
IPAWS program provides an internet-based capability for Local, State, Territorial, Tribal, and Federal alerting authorities to use in order to issue critical public alerts and warnings.
- At-a-Glance Guide to Alerting Authorities on Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) Messages
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
Learn more about lifesaving alerts about IPAWS at Ready.gov's webpage, www.Ready.gov/alerts.
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