Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)

During an emergency, alert and warning officials need to provide the public with life-saving information quickly. The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) is a modernization and integration of the nation’s alert and warning infrastructure and will save time when time matters most, protecting life and property.

Federal, State, local, tribal and territorial alerting authorities can use IPAWS and integrate local systems that use Common Alerting Protocol standards with the IPAWS infrastructure. IPAWS provides public safety officials with an effective way to alert and warn the public about serious emergencies using the Emergency Alert System (EAS), Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio, and other public alerting systems from a single interface.

A Federal, State, local, tribal, or territorial alerting authority that applies for authorization to use IPAWS is designated as a Collaborative Operating Group or “COG” by the IPAWS Program Management Office (PMO).  There are currently numerous types of COGs affiliated with IPAWS varying in size, structure and governance styles.  A COG may have members from multiple jurisdictions with each individual member account administered through its software system.

Map of Colorado Authorized IPAWS Alerting Authorities


Map Legend

  • Green Shade means approved alerting authority
  • Yellow Shade means in process to become an approved alerting authority
  • Gray Shade means the jurisdiction has not started the alert authority process.