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 & Updates
Emergency alerts transmitted over FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert & Warning System are being displayed on select Lamar Advertising Company digital billboards in the areas around the country affected by the alerts.
IPAWS alerts have already appeared on Lamar digital billboards in 17 states and are available to run in all 43 states that Lamar covers.
See the News Release.
FEMA's Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) builds a culture of preparedness by connecting individuals, organizations, communities, and families with research and tools to build and sustain capabilities to prepare for any disaster or emergency. ICPD uses peer-reviewed articles, in-depth studies, and subject-matter expert review to develop research-based actions that anyone can take to prepare for, keep safe during, and recover from a disaster.
In 2020, ICPD launched the Protective Actions Research site, which contains guidance for 12 hazards. During this webinar, ICPD discusses how Protective Action Research is developed, and provides a demonstration of their Protective Actions site, highlighting key site features. The public and IPAWS Alerting Authorities can benefit from the protective action guidance by knowing definitively what actions can help protect themselves and others during a disaster or emergency.
Download a recording of this webinar, and view previous IPAWS webinars.
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.
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About the IPAWS Program
FEMA established the IPAWS program in 2006 by Presidential Executive Order 13407. Today there are more than 1,500 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 IPAWS Strategic Plan: Fiscal Year 2014-2018 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.