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Alerts and Warnings

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.

IPAWS Committee

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.

Counties Become IPAWS Alerting Authorities

Learn how to sign up for IPAWS

Map of IPAWS Counties 

New RMT Survey Results

On November 6th of 2013, the Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management initiated the first statewide Required Monthly Test (RMT) using the IPAWS Common Alerting Protocol (CAP). This report details the performance of this RMT from the EAS Participant perspective.

Review the Minnesota November 6 RMT Survey Results

IPAWS Training

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.

EAS Test Survey Results

In November 2012, the federal government conducted the first-ever nation-wide test of the Emergency Alert System. HSEM conducted a survey immediately following the test to see how Minnesotans viewed or heard this important test. Click here to view the survey results.

Minnesota IPAWS Newsletter

Past issues of the Minnesota Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) newsletter are available. This newsletter was published to inform citizens, responders, communicators and people in the emergency management community about the development of this important alert and warning system in Minnesota. 

MN IPAWS Jan 2012 newsletter

MN IPAWS Feb 2012 newsletter

MN IPAWS March 2012 newsletter

MN IPAWS April 2012 newsletter