Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)

Map of Colorado Authorized IPAWS Alerting Authorities

The map below shares the current status of alerting authorites 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‚Äôs 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.



FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security provide an interactive, web-based version of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPWAS) Program Planning Toolkit. The new free online tool will assist new and existing alerting authorities across the country to create and support an effective program for alerts, warnings and notifications.

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