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The value of CodeRED for IPAWS and how it can work for you

The use of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) is continually growing among state and local jurisdictions across the U.S.

Now that IPAWS has many success stories attributed to its use, public safety officials are getting a better sense of just how effective this tool can be. The number of applications for Collaborative Operating Group (COG) approvals is increasing; in some states, 80-90% of county emergency management agencies are now IPAWS Alerting Authorities.

Even with such promising results, many public safety officials are still unclear about how effective IPAWS can be when used in combination with their existing mass notification systems. Although professional discretion is afforded through the FEMA-IPAWS Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), some agencies are still uncomfortable determining what should be considered an “imminent threat” worthy of initiating a Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) alert.