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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
Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS 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.

0.16MJuly 30, 2019
Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS Tip for August 2019

When creating an alert, it is important to make sure the correct event code is used.

 

0.20MAugust 30, 2019
Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS Tip for September 2019

How you write an alert/warning message is nearly as important as what you write.

0.18MSeptember 16, 2019
Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS 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.

0.18MOctober 16, 2019
Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS 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.

0.15MNovember 12, 2019
Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS 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.

0.18MDecember 12, 2019
Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS 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.

0.19MJanuary 31, 2020
Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS 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.

 

0.19MFebruary 28, 2020
Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS 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.

 

 

0.23MMarch 17, 2020
Icon for file of type application/pdfIPAWS 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.

 

0.21MApril 3, 2020