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Practice and Train with the IPAWS Lab

The IPAWS Lab is a secure, closed  practice and training environment capable of demonstrating alert dissemination to all IPAWS pathways such as the Emergency Alert System, Wireless Emergency Alerts, Non-Weather Emergency Messages, IPAWS All-Hazards Information Feed, and COG (Collaborative Operating Group)-to-COG messaging

The IPAWS Lab enables public safety officials to gain confidence using IPAWS in this  practice and training environment without disseminating messages to the public. Additional purposes of the IPAWS Lab include alert and warning, functional assessments, alert dissemination validation, training, procedural and process evaluation, and to establish  functional requirements.

The lab is located at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Indian Head, Maryland.

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Photograph of equipment at the IPAWS Lab in Indian Head, Maryland. Devices like these enable alerting authorities to see the results of the test messages they send to the Lab.

The IPAWS Lab may be used to practice and train on-site at the facility, off-site via webinar, or independently using the  IPAWS Message Viewer, which is a web interface that interacts with the IPAWS Lab environment. The viewer  enables authorized alerting authorities to obtain alert validation independent of IPAWS Lab support.

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To request IPAWS Message Viewer Instructions, please email the IPAWS Project Management Office.

Resources

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Checklist for Scheduling with the IPAWS Lab

Provides the steps necessary to work with the IPAWS Lab, including Lab contact information.

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For more information, send an email to the IPAWS Project Management Office.

Last updated Aug 6, 2020

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