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IPAWS All-Hazards Information Feed

The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) All-Hazards Information Feed offers a simple-to-implement interface that provides official safety messages for public consumption via internet-connected devices and services.

How the Feed Works

  • Every public alert sent to IPAWS is also posted to the IPAWS All-Hazards Information Feed.
  • Alerts are pulled from the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).
  • Alerts can be filtered based on geographical area, event, and other factors applicable to the audience.
  • Alerts are active on the feed for 30 minutes or until they expire, whichever comes first.
  • Alerts are digitally signed by the alerting authority to ensure authenticity and prevent spoofing.

Benefits of Using the Feed

  • Broaden alert coverage to the public, to specialized audiences, physical facilities and custom use cases.
  • Distribute alerts to applications, websites, mailing lists, social media, digital signage, private networks, audio systems and other devices and technologies.
  • Utilize rich multimedia content otherwise not present in WEA or EAS alerts.
  • Access to the IPAWS All-Hazards Information Feed is free of charge.

Gain Access to the Feed

  • Complete a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the IPAWS Program Management Office (PMO).
  • The MOA allows a provider to access and monitor IPAWS public alerts in Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) format over the Internet and distribute them to the intended audience.
  • To begin the MOA process, or for a list of providers with access to the IPAWS All-Hazards Information Feed, contact ipaws@fema.dhs.gov.

What the Feed is Not

  • The IPAWS All-Hazards Information Feed is not a tool to originate alerts over the IPAWS system. Alert origination capability is reserved for public-safety agencies and organizations authorized by FEMA.
  • Alerts cannot be used for advertising purposes.
  • Providers cannot stress IPAWS servers with excessive requests.