FEMA Assesses Integrated Public Alert & Warning System

FEMA's national alert system could help communities stay safe before, during and after disaster strikes.
FEMA's Integrated Public Alert & Warning System
IPAWS could save lives during emergency and disaster situations by providing vital safety information.|Photo by Wikimedia Commons

The Integrated Public Alert & Warning System, one of FEMA’s National Continuity Programs, is designed to alert the public with safety warnings and information during emergencies and disasters. Vital information about shelters, storm tracks, evacuation routes and more can be delivered, with the intention of creating communities that are better prepared to handle disasters.

FEMA wrote in a press release:

IPAWS enables authorities at all levels of government to alert and warn people in areas endangered by disasters. IPAWS is used by federal, state, and local authorities to send emergency alerts to cellular phones as Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs), to radio and television as Emergency Alert System (EAS) broadcasts, to NOAA Weather Radios, and to an All-Hazards Alert and Information Feed for Internet applications, services, and websites.

IPAWS media alerts will be available in multiple languages to ensure non-English speaking people can also prepare.

To read the full press release, visit www.fema.gov/news-release. For more information on IPAWS, visit www.fema.gov/ipaws.

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