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Integrated Public Alert & Warning System

This section contains general information about the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), the nation’s alert and warning infrastructure.

During an emergency, alert and warning officials need to provide the public with life-saving information quickly. IPAWS is a modernization and integration of the nation’s alert and warning infrastructure, and will save time when time matters most, protecting life and property. Watch a video about IPAWS.

Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial alerting authorities can use IPAWS and integrate local systems that use Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) standards with the IPAWS infrastructure. IPAWS provides public safety officials with an effective way to alert and warn the public about serious emergencies using the Emergency Alert System (EAS), Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio, and other public alerting systems from a single interface. View a list of IPAWS Organizations with Public Alerting Authority Completed in each state.

To learn more about WEA, click here. To view previous webinar recordings, please visit and choose the "View Event Recordings" link located at on the top right hand side of the page.

FEMA's Emergency Management Institute offers independent study courses online to authorized public safety officials and the American people:

  • IS-247a IPAWS Alerting Authority Online Training
  • IS-248 Online Course for the American People
  • IS-251 IPAWS for Alerting Authorities Best Practices


Last Updated: 
05/16/2019 - 14:59