Every month the IPAWS Program Office will distribute a "tip" to emergency managers and software vendors. The tips will cover a wide range of topics, including best practices, recommendations, and current issues. After the tips are sent they will be posted for the public.
|IPAWS Tip for April 2018|
Topic: Public alert and warning authorities may originate a Required Weekly Test (RWT) message through IPAWS for EAS distribution to ensure their alerting software can send a message through the IPAWS Production or Live system.
|0.14M||April 4, 2018|
|IPAWS Tip for May 2018|
Topic: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently reopened the record on "Facilitating Multimedia Content in Wireless Emergency Alerts", and requests your feedback concerning sending multimedia images via Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).
|0.32M||May 2, 2018|
|IPAWS Tip for June 2018|
Topic: The National Weather Service (NWS) is not distributing weather warnings via the IPAWS EAS Feed. Additionally, the ability for IPAWS users to send non-weather emergency messages to NOAA Weather Radios via IPAWS is offline.
|0.13M||June 20, 2018|
|IPAWS Tip for July 2018|
Topic: IPAWS is now capable of sending URLs, i.e. hyperlinks, in messages. URLs can be used to provide additional information that will not fit into a 90 character WEA text, which can provide your community with further direction in preparation or response to your message.
|0.16M||July 2, 2018|
|IPAWS Tip for August 2018|
Topic: Train your team to use IPAWS.
|0.16M||August 1, 2018|
|IPAWS Tip for September 2018|
Topic: The 2018 IPAWS National Test
|0.07M||September 5, 2018|
|IPAWS Tip for September 2018 - Update|
Topic: The 2018 IPAWS National Test UPDATE
|0.17M||September 17, 2018|
|IPAWS Tip for October 2018|
Topic: FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has postponed the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) until Wednesday, October 3, due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.
|0.05M||October 1, 2018|
|IPAWS Tip for November 2018|
Topic: Due to recent events regarding the use of IPAWS, the IPAWS Program Management Office (PMO) has launched an IPAWS User Working Group via MAX.gov to serve as a collaborative environment that will allow IPAWS users and industry partners to engage on a variety of topics.
|0.14M||November 2, 2018|
|IPAWS Tip for December 2018|
Topic: Currently, only UTF-8 characters are accepted by the IPAWS system. Alerting authorities should avoid using non-UTF-8 characters, such as quotation marks and apostrophes.
|0.16M||December 6, 2018|
|IPAWS Tip for February 2019|
The new Blue Alert (BLU) event code allows alert originators to issue an alert whenever a law enforcement officer is injured, killed, missing in connection to any official duties, and/or there is an imminent and credible threat of death or serious injury to law enforcement officers
|0.17M||February 5, 2019|
|IPAWS Tip for March 2019|
A prospective alerting authority must have a signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in place with the IPAWS Program Management Office before receiving access to leverage IPAWS capabilities.
Every three years the MOA and digital certificates will expire.
|0.14M||March 11, 2019|
|IPAWS Tip for April 2019|
Two new alert types will be added to the IPAWS toolbox beginning in May 2019. Currently, there are three types of WEA: Presidential Alert, AMBER Alert, and Imminent Threat. The two new WEA alert types are: Public Safety and WEA Test.
|0.08M||April 2, 2019|
|IPAWS Tip for May 2019|
Beginning in June 2019, Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) will support both English and Spanish language messaging in a single alert.
|0.10M||May 3, 2019|
|IPAWS Tip for June 2019|
Did you know that IPAWS can support cross-jurisdictional alerting?
|0.10M||June 28, 2019|
|IPAWS Tip for July 2019|
FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and radio and television Emergency Alert System (EAS) participants, will conduct a nationwide test of EAS beginning at 2:20 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019.
|0.16M||July 30, 2019|
|IPAWS Tip for August 2019|
When creating an alert, it is important to make sure the correct event code is used.
|0.20M||August 30, 2019|
|IPAWS Tip for September 2019|
How you write an alert/warning message is nearly as important as what you write.
|0.18M||September 16, 2019|
|IPAWS Tip for October 2019|
To help ensure that warning messages are effective, they must be issued in a timely manner by a clearly identified source. The public is more responsive to clear messages that are free of jargon and use plain language. The threat must be clearly stated, and include the location, time, and expiration of the event. All messages should include a call to action.
|0.18M||October 16, 2019|
|IPAWS Tip for November 2019|
Making Your Required Monthly Proficiency Demonstrations Successful. Starting November 1st, 2019 each Collaborative Operating Group (COG) is required to submit a successful message to the IPAWS Lab Cloud Environment at least once a month.
|0.15M||November 12, 2019|
|IPAWS Tip for December 2019|
WEA enhanced geo-targeting: wireless service providers will be required to deliver an alert message to 100 percent of a targeted area, with no more than 1/10th of a mile or 528 feet overshoot.
|0.18M||December 12, 2019|
|IPAWS Tip for January 2020|
As the message originator, you should keep in mind the needs of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.
|0.19M||January 31, 2020|
|IPAWS Tip for February 2020|
If you’re in need of expert help from someone in the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System’s (IPAWS) Program Management Office (PMO), we are always willing to provide the information you need, and/or connect you to the right person.
|0.19M||February 28, 2020|
|IPAWS Tip for March 2020|
Deciding whether to issue a public alert or warning can be a difficult decision. Ultimately, it is a matter of local judgment. Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic and distribution of public safety information, IPAWS, including WEA and EAS, may be used.
|0.23M||March 17, 2020|
|IPAWS Tip for April 2020|
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are a powerful tool in your alert and warning toolbox; WEA can reach most people in your jurisdiction, whether they are residents or visitors. Points to consider, both before and after you hit send are: Why mobile phones outside the alert area get a WEA and Why mobile phones didn’t receive a WEA.
|0.21M||April 3, 2020|