FEMA Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS)

October 21, 2021

FEMA Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS)

The Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) is the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) national system for local alerting that provides authenticated emergency and life-saving information to the public through mobile phones using Wireless Emergency Alerts, to radio and television via the Emergency Alert System, and on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Radio.

The IPAWS Program Planning Toolkit will change the way our public safety community prepares for, responds to manages, and recovers from emergencies. It's a first step for alerting authorities and emergency managers to set their teams up for success in the Alerts, Warnings, and Notifications (AWN) landscape. Thanks to the stakeholder-driven research that has gone into the development of this toolkit, it is uniquely tailored to provide the AWN community with guidelines that they will need when implementing AWN plans.

Join Norman Speicher, DHS S&T Program Manager; Wade Witmer, FEMA Deputy Director of IPAWS and Jody Smith, IPAWS Specialist, Engineering IPAWS Division National Continuity Programs Office DHS/FEMA.

Session attendees will leave with an understanding of how the toolkit can help them distribute authenticated life-saving information to the public, including Wireless Electronic Alerts to cell phones.

Framework of webinar: (Panel Discussion + Break out sessions) 1:15
- Introductions - 3 Min
- Why the FEMA IPAWS Program Planning Toolkit is needed - 5 Minutes
- Detailed explanation of how the toolkit was created and it’s features - 5 Minutes
- Demonstration of how the toolkit works - 10 Minutes
- Pilot participant alerting issue area stories focusing on the following: - 25 Minutes
- Messaging: Focus on how the toolkit would solve messaging issues from their pilot
- Standard operating procedures: Additional SOP’s, learned after piloting the tool.
- Alerting Delays: Toolkit feature examples that provide consistent and timely alerts.
- Q&A - 15 Minutes
- Conclusion