Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Conformity Assessment (CA) Program
The Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) Justice and Safety Center (JSC) supported the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with implementation of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Conformity Assessment (CA) Program. In response to the need to better integrate the Emergency Alert System (EAS) with state and local systems, and to better leverage all available technologies capable of alerting citizens, the U.S. Government set out to build the IPAWS. Authorized by a Presidential executive order in June 2006, IPAWS is the nation’s next-generation infrastructure of alert and warning networks expanding upon the traditional audio-only radio and television EAS.
On September 30, 2010, FEMA announced adoption of the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) v1.2 Standard as a requirement for EAS devices. CAP is a data interchange format that is widely used to disseminate and collect hazards warnings for input into a range of dissemination systems. To assure broadcasters and other alert and warning system equipment users that their equipment conforms to the CAP standard, FEMA sponsored the development of a conformity assessment program. The EKU JSC implemented the initial phase of the conformity assessment program through use of an accredited laboratory in Somerset, Kentucky, managed by the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). For additional information about IPAWS, visit the IPAWS website at: http://www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/index.shtm.