The purpose of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Committee is to advise the Statewide Emergency Communications Board on matters related to the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System and to coordinate and establish policies, procedures, and protocols for the expansion of IPAWS through private and public partnership.
For more about IPAWS, see the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Alert and Warnings
The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (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 ten calendar 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 will take place on Thursday, March 17 at 1:00 p.m. via WEBEX / Conference Call. Beginning in 2016, the committee will meet on a bi-monthly schedule.
March 2016 Agenda and Materials
2016 Meeting Materials Archive
Past Years Archived Meeting Materials
Integrated Public Alert Warning System Committee Members Roster
Minnesota Emergency Alert System Statewide Plan
The Emergency Alert System (EAS) was developed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide emergency information to the public via television, radio, cable systems and wire line providers. 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. 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).
IPAWS for Incident Commanders
IPAWS Training Opportunity
To learn more about the IPAWS program, take the free online training from the FEMA's Independent Study Program:
IPAWS Mailing List
If you would like to receive IPAWS Committee meeting notices and related announcements by email, subscribe to the IPAWS mailing list here.