Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)
The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) is a national effective, reliable, integrated, flexible, and comprehensive system to alert and warn the American people.
FEMA is building IPAWS to ensure the President of the United States can alert and warn the American people. It can also be used by state, tribal, and local authorities to send emergency warnings within their jurisdictions. IPAWS provides alerting authorities the capability to send a single message over multiple communication pathways.
Minnesota has an IPAWS Committee which meets the third Thursday of each month. Members are working to develop best practices for use of IPAWS on the local level; assisting local jurisdictions with the IPAWS application process and solidifying the infrastructure for IPAWS use in the state.
IPAWS Fact Sheets
Counties Become IPAWS Alerting Authorities
Learn how to sign up for IPAWS
To learn more about the IPAWS program please take the free online training from the FEMA;
This course is a prerequisite for access to IPAWS OPEN. This course does not provide training on third-party authorized software. Jurisdictions must contact their vendor for any software support questions.
IPAWS Wireless Emergency Alerts
Once local jurisdictions are IPAWS approved, they will be able to send alerts and warnings to all newer cell phones using the IPAWS Wireless Emergency Alerts. This will provide instant warning to all cell phone users within the county.
Watch this FEMA produced PSA for more information.
Emergency Alert System
The Emergency Alert System (EAS) allows state and local governments, in partnership with the broadcast industry, to provide emergency alerts, information and instructions to the public.
When emergencies and disasters occur, the rapid and effective dissemination of instructions and other essential information can significantly help reduce loss of life and property. The EAS is designed to provide information to the public immediately. However, the EAS will only work through a coordinated statewide effort.