FEMA and the National Weather Service (NWS) have partnered to provide the NWS family of dissemination systems as an additional pathway through which alerting authorities can send public alerts and warnings using IPAWS. This is made possible through the All-Hazards Emergency Message Collection System, also known as “HazCollect,” which automatically relays Non-Weather Emergency Messages from NWS approved officials to NWS dissemination systems including NOAA’s All Hazards Weather Radio.
How It Works
The IPAWS Open Platform for Emergency Networks (IPAWS-OPEN) relays public alerts intended for NOAA Weather radio to HazCollect. HazCollect then routes valid non-weather emergency messages through NWS pathways. This allows alerting authorities to use IPAWS to send their messages through:
- All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio, which is a nationwide network of radio stations including 1,000 transmitters covering all 50 states, adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Pacific Territories.
- NOAA Weather Wire Service.
- Emergency Managers Weather Information Network.
- NWS websites and internet feeds, which greatly increases the number of alerting channels and the likelihood that the public will receive emergency alerts quickly.
- Radio and television broadcasters, and other Emergency Alert System participants, monitor the NWS as an alternate source, providing backup for alerts delivered to the EAS by other methods.
Government organizations responsible for public alerting that wish to use HazCollect must: