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- May 13, 2014
Integrated Public Alert and Warning System: Frequently Asked Questions for State and Local Government Officials
Tribal elected officials may designate emergency alerting authorities to apply for access to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) for the purpose of sending public alerts and warnings within a tribe’s jurisdiction.
This paper serves to demonstrate how Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) addresses the challenges of reaching the whole community, including the 25% of our population who might need assistance. It offers compelling evidence that, while IPAWS doesn’t solve all of the challenges, it can certainly mitigate them – particularly with greater stakeholder engagement and public awareness.
Wireless Emergency Alerts.
You can receive important lifesaving alerts no matter where you are - at home, at school, or at work.
Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency. With Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), warnings can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm's way, without needing to download an app or subscribe to a service.
For more information visit www.ready.gov/alerts and www.ready.gov/prepare
To enhance public safety, Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs), which are text-like alert messages, can received by your mobile device during an emergency in your area. The purpose of WEA is to provide an increasingly mobile American public with a free and fast way to receive critically important information.
Wireless Emergency Alerts Fact Sheet
Wireless Emergency Alerts, or WEAs, are free messages sent directly to your cell phone, warning you about severe weather, AMBER Alerts and threats to safety in your area.
FEMA’s IPAWS Open Platform forEmergency Networks (IPAWS-OPEN) receives and authenticates messages transmitted by alerting authorities and routes them to existing and emerging public alerting systems.
General presentation to introduce the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, as well as its components and recent success stories
Learning Guide for Students on Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs)
* Learning Objectives
* Key Facts for Educators
IPAWS Adoption Checklist for Alerting Authorities
IPAWS is a communications program of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that provides integrated services and capabilities to local, state, and federal authorities that will enable them to alert and warn their respective communities via multiple communications methods. The IPAWS PMO, in coordination with stakeholders, develop the annual report.
Supplemental Guidance on Public Alert and Warning which provides technical information and program guidance for applicants applying for Federal grant funding for alert and warning projects.
The Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) allows emergency messages to be simultaneously disseminated over a wide
variety of existing and emerging public alerting systems.
• CAP is an international technical data specification developed by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS).
• In addition to the basic CAP standard, a supplemental IPAWS Profile technical specification was developed to ensure
compatibility with existing warning systems used in the United States.
• FEMA has formally adopted CAP and the IPAWS Profile to implement the Integrated Public Alert and Warning
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Program Management Office (PMO) has developed an IPAWS Message Viewer. This service can be used by authorized alerting authorities to practice writing and sending IPAWS messages in a closed testing environment at the IPAWS Lab.
Testing with the IPAWS Lab Checklist
Instructions are prepared under the assumption that an active Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is in place between the FEMA Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Program Management Office and an alerting authority.
IPAWS Supported State/Regional Testing (ISSRT) Fact Sheet
The "Template: Emergency Communication Plans and IPAWS" was created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Program Management Office (PMO) to assist Federal, State, territorial, tribal, and local public safety officials in the creation of public alert and warning plans. This template can be used in part or in its entirety to support public safety efforts.
Is Your Cell Phone WEA Capable?...and How Accessible Is It? Fact Sheet
IPAWS Memorandum of Agreement Applications
Interoperable Message Exchange Fact Sheet
Benefits of IPAWS for State and Local Authorities Fact Sheet