Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)
The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) provides the ability to send immediate warnings to the American people. It ensures the president of the United States can alert and warn the public. It can also be used by state, tribal, and local authorities to send emergency warnings within their jurisdictions. These alerts will come on cell phones and commercial television and radio stations.
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.
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. The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) was created by FEMA to aid in the distribution of emergency messaging to the public via the internet and mobile devises.
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.
The Minnesota Emergency Alert System Statewide Plan
(July 2014) explains who can create and originate emergency alerts in Minnesota and how and under what circumstances these alerts are distributed via the EAS and the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (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.
The purpose of the IPAWS Committee is to advise the Statewide Emergency Communications Board on matters related to the system and to coordinate and establish policies, procedures, and protocols for the expansion of IPAWS through private and public partnerships.
The IPAWS Committee will meet on the third Thursday of every other month (January, March, May, July, September, November). Meeting materials must be submitted to the committee no later than nine business days prior to each meeting.
Minutes will be posted when they are approved by the committee. Minutes are reviewed immediately following any committee meeting for which minutes are taken (e.g., minutes taken for the March meeting will be posted in April and minutes taken for the April meeting will be posted in May unless there is some deviation from the regular committee schedule).
The next meeting of the IPAWS Committee will take place on Thursday, May 18 at 1:00 p.m.
May Meeting Materials
2016 Meeting Materials Archive
Archived Meeting Materials
Best Practices Guide
If you would like to receive IPAWS Committee meeting notices and related announcements by email, subscribe to the IPAWS mailing list here.