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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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  • An Introduction to IPAWS

    Container for all documents relating to general IPAWS information

  • NAC IPAWS Subcommittee Final Report

    NAC IPAWS Subcommittee Final Report

  • IPAWS Letters to Software Vendors

    Reviews of IPAWS alert errors and reported issues from alerting authorities regarding their origination software, have indicated that all alert origination software vendors should ensure that specific enhancements are included in origination software, to avoid recurrence of those errors. Based on lessons learned, IPAWS strongly recommends that providers of alert origination capabilities produce software that provides the minimum critical capabilities outlined in the letters. 

  • Symbology - Public Alert and Warning - IPAWS

    Container for presentations and information regarding the symbols developed by the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation (NAPSG), in partnership with the FEMA IPAWS Office, DHS Geospatial Management Office and the DHS Science & Technology Directorate. The symbols are designed to aid in making public alerts & warnings more effective for: People with disabilities, People with Limited English Proficiency, and the Whole Community.

  • Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Construction Projects

    The Nation needs radio stations that have robust and survivable power generation, fuel storage and other provisions deemed necessary to operate and maintain their transmitter facilities for an extended period without the availability of commercial power. This PEP station network is central to the EO 13407 requirement for the establishment of an effective, reliable, integrated, flexible, and comprehensive system to alert and warn the American people in situations of war, terrorist attack, natural disaster or other hazards to public safety and well being.
  • IPAWS Glossary

    This document contains definitions of commonly used IPAWS terminology.
  • Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Outreach Plan for Communications and Partner Engagement

    The IPAWS program facilitates timely delivery of alert and warning information over the media to the public before, during, and after a disaster. The IPAWS PMO is partnering with recognized government and industry leaders and technical experts to ensure the IPAWS program incorporates the latest technologies and is practical for prospective users. The outreach and communications document helps ensure the effectiveness of the program through a comprehensive outreach approach using strategic communications and robust partnership engagement couple with integrated training and exercises.
  • Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Guide for Independent Testing of Emergency Alert System Equipment

    This document describes the testing requirements for any Independent Testing Authority (ITA) who wishes to provide testing services for the manufacturers of Emergency Alert System decoder equipment for purposes of meeting FCC equipment certification requirements.

  • Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Practitioner Webinar -- Increasing Resiliency in Our Communities Through IPAWS

    Manny Centeno, IPAWS Program Manager, and Mark Lucero, IPAWS Engineering Branch Chief, of the IPAWS Program Management Office, will give a planning and operations perspective of how to best integrate IPAWS into your own alert and warning system through usage, training, exercise, governance, and technology selection/ requirements. Mark will further demonstrate the role that IPAWS can play in your local community through a case study of Kansas City, where two states, 15 counties and multiple alerting authorities have jurisdiction. Mike Gerber from the National Weather Service will also present WEA Lessons Learned.

  • Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Practitioner Webinar -- Improving State & Local Warnings

    The March 6, 2013 presentation by IPAWS Program Manager Manny Centeno contains information on how public alerting has changed, where it is going, and how alerting authorities need to adapt their plans to adjust to the changing environment. Manny was joined by representatives from the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and Nebraska’s State Emergency Communications Committee (SECC), where they are currently working with state and local agencies to update their own alerting plans. Alisia La May and Jim Skinner shared their experiences and how they are overcoming the challenges they face as they work to update their alerting system. 

  • IPAWS and ODIC Roundtables on Access and Functional Needs

    The IPAWS Program Management Office (PMO)  provided an update in coordination with selected university experts and Federal partners on the IPAWS Program and elicit comments, recommendations and feedback on IPAWS efforts, and will explore opportunities for expanded collaboration with Federal partners and universities.

  • IPAWS Partner Organizations

    IPAWS Partner Organizations

  • How to Sign Up for the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) - Fact Sheet

    How to Sign Up for IPAWS - Fact Sheet

  • How to Sign Up for IPAWS (In Spanish)

    ¿Cómo puedo suscribirme al Sistema Público Integrado de Alerta y Emergencia (IPAWS)?
  • IPAWS Toolkit for Alerting Authorities

    The IPAWS Toolkit for Alerting Authorities provides public safety officials with resources to assist them as they adopt CAP, 5 incorporate IPAWS, and ensure their communities understand how to access, use, and respond to public alert and warning information. New alert and warning technologies, particularly alerts to personal cell phones, will only be effective if the public understands the avenues over which alerts are delivered and trusts the emergency messages being sent.
  • Radio Broadcast Data System Study Demo Report and Product Spec.

    The Demonstration Report and Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS) Product Specification for the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS) Study (HSFEMW-09-F-0538) was developed at the direction of Congress to validate the benefits of an RBDS, to understand and to test its capability and how it may integrate into IPAWS. The findings in this report or the specific technologies should not be considered an endorsement by FEMA
  • Access and Functional Needs Fact Sheet

    Traditionally, mass media used to alert and warn the American public has not incorporated the use of technologies needed to reach Americans with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. Executive Order 13407 requires the Federal Emergency Management Agency to “include in the public alert and warning system the capability to alert and warn all Americans, including those with disabilities” therefore reaching our whole community. In response, FEMA established the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System.

  • Integrated Public Alert Warning Systems (IPAWS) OPEN Developers

    The IPAWS-OPEN Developer List includes the names of third-party organizations that have executed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the purpose of gaining access to the IPAWS-OPEN Test Environment to support interoperable software development. Additional information is provided regarding planned system functionality.

    The Alert Origination Software Providers That Have Successfully Demonstrated Their IPAWS Capabilities List includes the names of third-party organizations that created a front end interface with IPAWS. These organizations have tested recommended functionalities with the IPAWS Lab and have been featured on IPAWS webinars.

  • Emergency Alert System (EAS) Fact Sheet

    The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters, cable television systems, wireless cable systems, satellite digital audio radio service (SDARS) providers, and direct broadcast satellite (DBS) providers to provide the President with communications capability to address the American people within 10 minutes during a national emergency.

  • IPAWS Overview for the American Public Fact Sheet

    Local police and fire departments, emergency managers, the National Weather Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and private industry are working together to make sure you can receive alerts and warnings quickly through several different technologies no matter where you are—at home, at school, at work, or even on vacation.