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Get Ahead of the Curve: IPAWS Changes You Need to Know

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) developed IPAWS to alert the public across multiple channels, including radio, television, wireless devices and other communication platforms.

It was designed to be deployed when an emergency threatens life and property and getting information to as many people as possible is urgent. Frequently, IPAWS is used to alert the public when a child is missing, but it can also be used to alert citizens about impending natural disasters or man-made incidents such as chemical spills.

During the last year, IPAWS has come under increased scrutiny, due to perceived mishandling of situations such as the California wildfires and a false alarm that took place in Hawaii. In response, to remind users how important and reliable the system is, FEMA will issue a new set of guidelines for IPAWS users in the coming months and into 2019.

Let’s take a closer look at IPAWS updates you can expect through 2019.