U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

Official websites use .gov

A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.


Secure .gov websites use HTTPS

A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites..

alert - warning

This page has not been translated into Português, Brasil. Visit the Português, Brasil page for resources in that language.

Public Safety Officials

When emergencies strike, public safety officials use timely and reliable systems to alert their communities.

Get Started

Sign up to Use IPAWS

Find Tools for Alerting Authorities

Test in the IPAWS Lab

Fact Sheets

How Tribal Governments Can Sign Up for Public Alerts and Warnings

Best Practices for Public Safety Officials

Test, Train and Exercise with the IPAWS Lab
Aid for IPAWS users to understand the benefits of testing, training and exercising by providing best practices, considerations and methodologies.

The IPAWS office distributes a monthly "tip" to emergency managers and software vendors regarding the IPAWS program, software tools and other relevant issues. The tips also cover best practices and recommendations for both alerting authorities and the vendor community.

COVID-19 Best Practices
Resources for state, local, tribal and territorial governments when using IPAWS.

Best Practices and Considerations - Alert Origination Tools
Suggested functions, features and layouts for alert origination tools.