The Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) is FEMA's national system for local alerting that provides authenticated emergency and life-saving information to the public through mobile phones using Wireless Emergency Alerts, to radio and television via the Emergency Alert System, and on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Radio.
News and Updates
FEMA and Audacy’s WWL Radio Unveil New Emergency Broadcast Studio
FEMA, in partnership with Audacy, announced it has completed an important emergency radio broadcast facility modernization project at Audacy’s WWL AM/FM in New Orleans to improve critical alert and warning capabilities when disasters threaten public safety.
The WWL facility serves as the only
a Primary Entry Point (PEP) station in Louisiana , for FEMA’s National Public Warning System, maintained under FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System and provides critical information to the public before, during and after incidents and disasters.
FEMA Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Wireless Emergency Alerts
FEMA’s Integrated Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). WEA is a tool for authorized government agencies to reach the American public via cell phones during emergencies.
Since June 2012:
- Alerting Authorities have sent more than 70,000 WEA alerts.
- More than 1,700 entities across all levels of government are Alerting Authorities, able to send WEA alerts.
- More than 600 unique Alerting Authority agencies have sent alerts
Resources Added to the Technical Support Services Facility (TSSF) Page
The IPAWS Technical Support Services Facility staff recently assembled new guidance materials. Topics include: Monthly Proficiency Demonstration scenarios, conducting Wireless Emergency Alerts tests, and including IPAWS in drills, workshops, and exercises.
Also added are Peer Resources, with contributions from emergency management staff from the city and county of Los Angeles.
All sessions were recorded. If the recording is not available yet in the links below, check back soon.
How IPAWS Sends Alerts
IPAWS allows Alerting Authorities to write their own message using commercially available software that is Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) compliant. The message is then delivered to the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, Open Platform for Emergency Networks (IPAWS OPEN), where it is authenticated and then delivered simultaneously through multiple communication pathways. Through IPAWS, one message is created to reach as many people as possible to save lives and protect property.
Utilizing multiple pathways for public alerts increases the likelihood that the message will successfully reach the public. IPAWS is structured to facilitate this functionality.
The Emergency Alert System (EAS) delivers alerts via AM, FM and satellite radio, as well as broadcast, cable and satellite TV.
Cell phones and mobile devices receive Wireless Emergency Alerts based on location, even if cellular networks are overloaded and can no longer support calls, text and emails.
State, local, territorial, and tribal alerting systems such as emergency telephone networks, giant voice sirens, and digital road signs may also receive alerts from IPAWS-OPEN, and future alerting technologies and systems can easily be integrated into IPAWS.
IPAWS Tools by Audience
Whether you're sending, receiving, developing or communicating about alerts, find the tools you need for your role in the Integrated Public Alert & Warning System.
- Where You Receive Alerts?
- Wireless Emergency Alerts
- Emergency Alert System
- AMBER Alerts
- Alerting People with Disabilities
IPAWS Program Governance
Broadcasters & Wireless Providers
IPAWS Technology Vendors & Developers
About the IPAWS Program
FEMA established the IPAWS program in 2006 by Presidential Executive Order 13407. Today there are more than 1,600 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial alerting authorities that use IPAWS to send critical public alerts and warnings in their jurisdictions.
IPAWS is guided by its mission to provide integrated services and capabilities to federal, state, local, tribal and territorial authorities that enable them to alert and warn their respective communities via multiple communications methods.
The IPAWS vision is to provide timely alert and warning to the public in the preservation of life and property using the most effective means for delivering alerts available at any given time.