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Collection: IPAWS

The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (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.
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May 13, 2014
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  • <p>A screenshot of a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA)&nbsp;taken from a cellular phone using iOS. The headline of the pop-up reads &quot;Emergency Alert&quot; and the body of&nbsp;the alert reads &quot;Flash Flood Warning this area til 8:45 PM EDT. Avoid flood areas. -NWS.&quot;</p>

    Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) - Flash Flood Warning

    Photo by Justin Singer

    A screenshot of a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) taken from a cellular phone using iOS. The headline of the pop-up reads "Emergency Alert" and the body of the alert reads "Flash Flood Warning this area til 8:45 PM EDT. Avoid flood areas. -NWS."

  • <p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">A screenshot of a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) taken from a cellular phone using iOS. The headline of the pop-up reads &quot;Emergency Alert&quot; and the body of the test message reads &quot;A test of the Prince Georges County Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action required.&quot;</p>

    Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) - Live Test Message

    Photo by Justin Singer

    A screenshot of a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) taken from a cellular phone using iOS. The headline of the pop-up reads "Emergency Alert" and the body of the test message reads "A test of the Prince Georges County Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action required."

  • <p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">A screenshot of a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) taken from a cellular phone using iOS. The headline of the pop-up reads &quot;AMBER Alert&quot; and the body of the alert reads &quot;Saguache County, CO AMBER Alert: LIC/198ZQO (CO) 2014 Red Jeep Patriot Sedan-4 door.&quot;</p>

    Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) - AMBER Alert in Colorado

    Photo by Justin Singer

    A screenshot of a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) taken from a cellular phone using iOS. The headline of the pop-up reads "AMBER Alert" and the body of the alert reads "Saguache County, CO AMBER Alert: LIC/198ZQO (CO) 2014 Red Jeep Patriot Sedan-4 door."

  • <p>Screenshot of a cellular phone operating on iOS after&nbsp;receiving a WEA written in&nbsp;Spanish and English.&nbsp;The&nbsp;banner of message reads&nbsp;&quot;Emergency Alerts&quot; and the body of the message reads &quot;Prueba TV, Radio en 5 min. No tome accion. Radio, TV test in 5 min. Take no action. NMEAD&quot;</p>

    Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) - Use of Multiple Languages

    Photo by Justin Singer

    Screenshot of a cellular phone operating on iOS after receiving a WEA written in Spanish and English. The banner of message reads "Emergency Alerts" and the body of the message reads "Prueba TV, Radio en 5 min. No tome accion. Radio, TV test in 5 min. Take no action. NMEAD"

  • <p>A screenshot of a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) taken from a cellular phone using Android OS. The headline of the pop-up reads &quot;Emergency Alert&quot; and the body of the test message reads &quot;A test of the Arlington County Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action required.&quot;</p>

    Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) - Live Test Message - Android OS

    Photo by Justin Singer

    A screenshot of a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) taken from a cellular phone using Android OS. The headline of the pop-up reads "Emergency Alert" and the body of the test message reads "A test of the Arlington County Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action required."

  • <p>Graphical representation of what a Presidential Alert will look like on cellular phones using the Android Operating System. In this case the alert is a test message.</p>

    Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) - Example of a Presidential Alert - Android OS

    Photo by Justin Singer

    Graphical representation of what a Presidential Alert will look like on cellular phones using the Android Operating System. In this case the alert is a test message.

  • <p>A screenshot of a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA)&nbsp;taken from a cellular phone using&nbsp;Android OS. The headline of the pop-up reads &quot;Severe Alert&quot; and the body of&nbsp;the alert reads &quot;Flash Flood Warning this area til 9:15 PM EDT. Avoid flood areas. -NWS.&quot;</p>

    Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) - Flash Flood Warning - Android OS

    Photo by Justin Singer

    A screenshot of a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) taken from a cellular phone using Android OS. The headline of the pop-up reads "Severe Alert" and the body of the alert reads "Flash Flood Warning this area til 9:15 PM EDT. Avoid flood areas. -NWS."

  • <p>A screenshot of a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA)&nbsp;taken from a cellular phone using iOS. The headline of the pop-up reads &quot;Emergency Alert&quot; and the body of&nbsp;the alert reads &quot;Evacuation center open at 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael for Napa/Sonoma fire evacuees.&quot; The alert was sent by the Marin County (California) Office of Emergency Services.</p>

    Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) - Civil Danger Warning

    Photo by Justin Singer

    A screenshot of a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) taken from a cellular phone using iOS. The headline of the pop-up reads "Emergency Alert" and the body of the alert reads "Evacuation center open at 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael for Napa/Sonoma fire evacuees." The alert was sent by the Marin County (California) Office of Emergency Services.

  • <p>A screenshot of a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA)&nbsp;taken from a cellular phone using&nbsp;Android OS. The headline of the pop-up reads &quot;Presidential Alert&quot; and the body of&nbsp;the alert reads &quot;This is a test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.&quot; The alert was received on October 3, 2018 at approximately 2:18pm ET.</p>

    Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) - Presidential Alert - Android OS

    Photo by Justin Singer

    A screenshot of a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) taken from a cellular phone using Android OS. The headline of the pop-up reads "Presidential Alert" and the body of the alert reads "This is a test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed." The alert was received on October 3, 2018 at approximately 2:18pm ET.

  • <p>A screenshot of a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA)&nbsp;taken from a cellular phone using iOS. The headline of the pop-up reads &quot;Presidential Alert&quot; and the body of&nbsp;the alert reads &quot;This is a test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.&quot; The alert was received on October 3, 2018 at approximately 2:18pm ET.</p>

    Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) - Presidential Alert - iOS

    Photo by Justin Singer

    A screenshot of a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) taken from a cellular phone using iOS. The headline of the pop-up reads "Presidential Alert" and the body of the alert reads "This is a test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed." The alert was received on October 3, 2018 at approximately 2:18pm ET.

  • <p>Graphical representation of what a Presidential Alert will look like on cellular phones. In this case the alert is a test message.</p>

    Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) - Example of a Presidential Alert

    Photo by Justin Singer

    Graphical representation of what a Presidential Alert will look like on cellular phones. In this case the alert is a test message.

  • <p>A modernized Primary Entry Point (PEP)&nbsp;Station used for supporting the Emergency Alert System. This PEP station, at WLW Cincinnati, became the second modernized station in the National Public Warning System (NPWS).</p>

    Primary Entry Point Station in Mason, Ohio

    Photo by Justin Singer

    A modernized Primary Entry Point (PEP) Station used for supporting the Emergency Alert System. This PEP station, at WLW Cincinnati, became the second modernized station in the National Public Warning System (NPWS).

  • <p>Picture of television programming&nbsp;being&nbsp;interrupted On October 3, 2018 at approximately 2:20pm ET&nbsp;during the IPAWS 2018 National Periodic Test. In this case the television was tuned to CNN and the service provider was DIRECTV.</p>

    Emergency Alert System (EAS) - 2018 National Periodic Test Interrupts Programming

    Photo by Justin Singer

    Picture of television programming being interrupted On October 3, 2018 at approximately 2:20pm ET during the IPAWS 2018 National Periodic Test. In this case the television was tuned to CNN and the service provider was DIRECTV.

  • <p>A&nbsp;photograph of a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA)&nbsp;appearing on&nbsp;an Apple&nbsp;smart watch. The headline of the pop-up reads &quot;Emergency Alert&quot; and the body of&nbsp;the alert reads &quot;Flash Flood Warning&nbsp;in this area til 3:45 PM CDT. Avoid flood areas.&nbsp;-NWS.&quot; The alert also appeared on the cellular device connected to the watch.</p>

    Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) - Flash Flood Warning - Smart Watch - Apple

    Photo by Justin Singer

    A photograph of a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) appearing on an Apple smart watch. The headline of the pop-up reads "Emergency Alert" and the body of the alert reads "Flash Flood Warning in this area til 3:45 PM CDT. Avoid flood areas. -NWS." The alert also appeared on the cellular device connected to the watch.

  • <p>A&nbsp;photograph of a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA)&nbsp;appearing on an&nbsp;Apple&nbsp;smart watch. The headline of the pop-up reads &quot;Emergency Alert&quot; and the body of&nbsp;the alert reads &quot;Tornado Warning&nbsp;in this area til 3:30 PM EDT. Take shelter now. Check local media.&nbsp;-NWS.&quot; The alert also appeared on the cellular device connected to the watch.</p>

    Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) - Tornado Warning - Smart Watch - Apple

    Photo by Justin Singer

    A photograph of a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) appearing on an Apple smart watch. The headline of the pop-up reads "Emergency Alert" and the body of the alert reads "Tornado Warning in this area til 3:30 PM EDT. Take shelter now. Check local media. -NWS." The alert also appeared on the cellular device connected to the watch.

  • <p>A&nbsp;photograph of a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA)&nbsp;appearing on a Samsung Gear smart watch. The headline of the pop-up reads &quot;Severe alert&quot; and the body of&nbsp;the alert reads &quot;Flash Flood Warning&nbsp;in this area til 5:00 AM EDT. Avoid flood areas.&nbsp;-NWS.&quot; The alert also appeared on the cellular device connected to the watch.</p>

    Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) - Flash Flood Warning - Smart Watch - Samsung

    Photo by Justin Singer

    A photograph of a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) appearing on a Samsung Gear smart watch. The headline of the pop-up reads "Severe alert" and the body of the alert reads "Flash Flood Warning in this area til 5:00 AM EDT. Avoid flood areas. -NWS." The alert also appeared on the cellular device connected to the watch.

  • <p>During the&nbsp;IPAWS National Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA)&nbsp;Test the&nbsp;test message&nbsp;was found to display on&nbsp;various&nbsp;smart watches, including this Samsung model.&nbsp;The alert also appeared on the cellular device connected to the watch and was received on October 3, 2018 at approximately 2:18 ET.</p>

    Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) - Presidential Alert - Smart Watch - Samsung

    Photo by Justin Singer

    During the IPAWS National Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) Test the test message was found to display on various smart watches, including this Samsung model. The alert also appeared on the cellular device connected to the watch and was received on October 3, 2018 at approximately 2:18 ET.

  • <p>During the&nbsp;IPAWS National Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA)&nbsp;Test the&nbsp;test message&nbsp;was found to display on&nbsp;various&nbsp;smart watches, including this&nbsp;Apple model.&nbsp;The alert also appeared on the cellular device connected to the watch and was received on October 3, 2018 at approximately 2:18 ET.</p>

    Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) - Presidential Alert - Smart Watch - Apple

    Photo by Justin Singer

    During the IPAWS National Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) Test the test message was found to display on various smart watches, including this Apple model. The alert also appeared on the cellular device connected to the watch and was received on October 3, 2018 at approximately 2:18 ET.

  • <p>A&nbsp;photograph of a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA)&nbsp;appearing on&nbsp;an Apple&nbsp;smart watch. The headline of the pop-up reads &quot;Emergency Alert&quot; and the body of&nbsp;the alert reads &quot;This is a test of the Wireless Emergency System for Denver, CO. This is only a test.&quot; The alert also appeared on the cellular device connected to the watch.</p>

    Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) - Live Test Message - Smart Watch - Apple

    Photo by Justin Singer

    A photograph of a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) appearing on an Apple smart watch. The headline of the pop-up reads "Emergency Alert" and the body of the alert reads "This is a test of the Wireless Emergency System for Denver, CO. This is only a test." The alert also appeared on the cellular device connected to the watch.

  • <p>The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.</p>

<p>The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA. This is the fourth EAS nationwide test and the first national WEA test. Previous EAS national tests were conducted in November 2011, September 2016,&nbsp; and September 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials in recognition of FEMA&rsquo;s National Preparedness Month.</p>

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    Wireless Emergency Alert

    Photo by FEMA Graphic

    The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

    The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA. This is the fourth EAS nationwide test and the first national WEA test. Previous EAS national tests were conducted in November 2011, September 2016,  and September 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials in recognition of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month.