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Disseminate As: Select one or more Public Alerting System(s). If you check off COGs you must then select individual or multiple COGs from the COGs selection box.
Public Alerting Systems / Alert Disseminators:
EAS: Emergency Alert System
WEA: Wireless Emergency Alerts
NWEM: Non- Weather Emergency Messages (Messages will be sent via All-Hazards Emergency Message Collection System (HazCollect) operated by the National Weather Service)
COGs: Collaborative Operating Group
For more details on each of the above IPAWS Alert Disseminators click here.
Select your IPAWS key
Event Code: Enter the event Code
County FIPS(s): Select your county
Time Zone: Select the appropriate time zone.
Alert Duration: Enter the alert duration if required by the alert disseminator.
Sender: Enter the name of your Alerting Authority (e.g. Your Organization/County name). Please note there is a special format for NWEM messages.
Select geographical Location: Select your location.
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Alert Category: Select the appropriate alert category from the drop-down selection.
Geo: Geophysical (including landslides)
Met: Meteorological (including floods)
Safety: General emergency and public safety
Security: Law enforcement, military, homeland and local/private security
Rescue: Rescue and recovery
Fire: Fire suppression and rescue
Health: Medical and public health
Env: Pollution and other environmental
Transport: Public and private transportation
Infra: Utility, telecommunication, other non-transport infrastructure
CBRNE: Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or High-Yield Explosive threat or attack
Other: Other events
Immediate: Responsive action should be taken immediately
Expected: Responsive action should be taken soon (within next hour)
Future: Responsive action should be taken in the near future
Past: Responsive action is no longer required
Unknown: Urgency not known
Extreme: Extraordinary threat to life or property
Severe: Significant threat to life or property
Moderate: Possible threat to life or property
Minor: Responsive action is no longer required
Unknown: Severity unknown
Observed: Determined to have occured or to be ongoing
Likely: Probability is greater than or equal to 50%
Possible: Probability is less than 50%
Unlikely: Not expected to occur
Unknown: Certainly unknown
Shelter: Take schelter in place or per instruction
Evacuate: Relocate as instructed in the instruction
Prepare: Make preparations per the instruction
Execute: Execute a pre-planned activity identified in instruction
Avoid: Avoid the subject event as per the instruction
Monitor: Attend to information sources as described in instruction only
- Headline: This is a text element defined as a "brief, human-readable headline" that is composed by the alert originator. For the NWS HazCollect system, the headline must be no longer than 160 characters including blank spaces. Internet services may use the headline value to populate Short Message Service (SMS) text, intended for subscriber-based, non-CMAS mobile systems, in which case the number of characters may be limited to 140.
- Description: This is a text element defined as "an extended human readable description of the hazard or event that occasioned this message" that is composed by the alert originator. The value of this element is not used by the Commercial Mobile Alert System, but should be used for all alerts routed to the Emergency Alert System and HazCollect. This is where you place the important information (who, what, when, and where) about the hazardous situation.
- Instructions: This text element is defined as “describing the recommended action to be taken by recipients of the alert message” that is composed by the alert originator. The value of this element is not used by the Commercial Mobile Alert System (see Response Type below), but should be used for all alerts routed to the Emergency Alert System and HazCollect. This is where you place the important information (how and why) of your protective behavior instruction. Broadcast EAS messages are limited by FCC rules to two minutes. For HazCollect, the total number of words for the description and instruction combined should not exceed 160 words, and this is a good rule of thumb for all EAS messages.
- EAS Broadcast Content: upload audio or video to your message
WEA Text: This field is limited to 90 characters and is used for one-way radio broadcasts (appears similar to a text message) sent to cell phones or mobile devices based on the recipient's proximity to the selected cell tower.
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