Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)

Information and resources are available through the Colorado Office of Emergency Management to support local emergency alerting. 

Map of Colorado Authorized IPAWS Alerting Authorities

The map below shares the current status of alerting authorities within each county of the state. The map legend is shared below the map. To see a larger version of the map click the square in the far right corner of the gray header of the map.

Map Legend

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


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.  The alerts are disseminated through mobile phones using Wireless Emergency Alerts, to radio and television via the Emergency Alert System and on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Radio.


Below are resources to assist with learning more about emergency alerting.  A calendar below shares training and learning opportunities for Colorado public safety and emergency management staff.



Colorado DHSEM Resource