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Integrated Public Alert & Warning System

This section contains general information about IPAWS, the nation’s alert and warning infrastructure.

During an emergency, alert and warning officials need to provide the public with life-saving information quickly. The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) is a modernization and integration of the nation’s alert and warning infrastructure and will save time when time matters most, protecting life and property.  Watch a video about IPAWS.

Federal, State, territorial, tribal, and local alerting authorities can use IPAWS and integrate local systems that use Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) standards with the IPAWS infrastructure. IPAWS provides public safety officials with an effective way to alert and warn the public about serious emergencies using the Emergency Alert System (EAS), Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio, and other public alerting systems from a single interface.  View a list of IPAWS Organizations with Public Alerting Authority Completed in each state.

To learn more about WEA, click here.  To view previous recordings of our webinar series, Alert Origination Service Providers (AOSP) and Unique Alert Services (UAS), and our ongoing Alerting Best Practices webinar series, please click here.

FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers independent study courses online to authorized public safety officials and the American people:


Last Updated: 
02/18/2016 - 13:13