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IPAWS Tips

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.

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Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS 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.

0.14MApril 4, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS 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).

0.32MMay 2, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS 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.

0.13MJune 20, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS 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.

0.16MJuly 2, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS Tip for August 2018

Topic: Train your team to use IPAWS.

0.16MAugust 1, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS Tip for September 2018

Topic: The 2018 IPAWS National Test

0.07MSeptember 5, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS Tip for September 2018 - Update

Topic: The 2018 IPAWS National Test UPDATE

0.17MSeptember 17, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS 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.

0.05MOctober 1, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS 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.

0.14MNovember 2, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS 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.

0.16MDecember 6, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS 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

0.17MFebruary 5, 2019
Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS 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.

0.14MMarch 11, 2019
Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS 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.

0.08MApril 2, 2019
Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS Tip for May 2019

Beginning in June 2019, Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) will support both English and Spanish language messaging in a single alert.

0.10MMay 3, 2019
Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS Tip for June 2019

Did you know that IPAWS can support cross-jurisdictional alerting?

0.10MJune 28, 2019