The IPAWS Users Conference Presentations and Videos

FEMA's Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) hosted a virtual conference aimed at providing Alerting Authorities with the tools and skills needed to create effective alerts and become confident IPAWS users. Below you will find content presented at the conference.

2022 IPAWS Users Conference

The 2022 IPAWS Users Conference introduced public safety officials not yet using IPAWS to this powerful tool for saving lives and protecting property.

The virtual conference presented the basics of IPAWS and the technical support available. Prospective and current users discovered how to leverage grants and funding for training, exercising, planning, and alerting tools; witnessed a live test of WEA, gained best practices from current Alerting Authorities as well as insights on effective messaging from a social scientist, and learned the four easy steps to get on-board as a new IPAWS Alerting Authority.

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Below you will find content presented at the 2022 and 2021 Users conferences.

The 2022 IPAWS Users Conference - IPAWS Overview

Wade Witmer, IPAWS Deputy Director, covers the basics of IPAWS.

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Watch the recording: IPAWS Overview


View the presentation: IPAWS Overview

The 2022 IPAWS Users Conference - IPAWS TSSF and Alerting Authorities Peer Experiences with Live WEA Test

Sending emergency information to the public can be stressful. We’re here to help! Join Jody Smith, IPAWS Technical Support Services Facility (TSSF) Lead, to get tips on how to effectively send an IPAWS alert. The TSSF provides a closed/safe environment for Alerting Authorities to improve alerting proficiency, assess operating procedures, train employees, and exercise processes. Additionally, learn from your emergency management peers as they discuss their actual IPAWS uses, experiences, advice, best practices and demonstrate a live WEA Test.

The 2022 IPAWS Users Conference - What Research Tells Us About Human Behavior and Warning Response

Best practice for writing short warning messages for the public to achieve a desired behavioral response.

The 2022 IPAWS Users Conference - IPAWS Program Planning Toolkit

Have multiple systems for sending emergency alerts? Need help writing a plan for everything? The IPAWS Program Planning Toolkit helps Alerting Authorities create comprehensive alert plans from start to finish. The video includes a demonstration of this new Toolkit.

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Watch the recording: IPAWS Program Planning Toolkit


View the presentation: IPAWS Program Planning Toolkit

The 2022 IPAWS Users Conference - Grants

Learn about the funding opportunities that may be available to you for alert and warning equipment, software, training, and exercises.

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Watch the recording: Grants


View the presentation: Grants

The 2022 IPAWS Users Conference - Onboarding with IPAWS

Do you know the first steps to get connected to IPAWS? Join Al Kenyon, as he presents everything needed to begin using IPAWS.

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Watch the recording: Onboarding with IPAWS


View the presentation: Onboarding with IPAWS

Last updated September 14, 2022