Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)

FEMA Video: “Integrated Public Alert and Warning System”[3]

During an emergency, alert and warning officials need to provide the public with life-saving information quickly. 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.

The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System was created in 2006 following criticism over the government’s response to the natural disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina. It is a planned multi-agency emergency population warning system in the United States. It is designed to provide rapid, reliable and effective communication to the public in case of major emergencies such as natural disasters and terrorist attacks.[1]

Purpose of IPAWS

The advent of new technology and media has brought a dramatic shift in the way the public consumes information. IPAWS, as the next generation emergency alert and warning system, capitalizes on multiple electronic media outlets to ensure that the public receives life-saving information during a time of national emergency. IPAWS is an attempt to integrate multiple public warning technologies into a coordinated nationwide “system of systems” using the Common Alerting Protocol.

The IPAWS system allows for alerts to be originated by Federal, State, local and tribal officials, and subsequently disseminated to the public using a range of national and local alerting systems including Emergency Alert System (EAS), National Warning System (NAWAS), and the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS).[2]



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  3. Video Source: [Accessed July 14, 2013]