Integrated Public Alert and Warning System: IPAWS-OPEN Operational COG Access Procedures Joint SIG Presentation [open pdf - 578KB]
"IPAWS [Integrated Public Alert and Warning System] is the Nation's next generation public alerting system. It is designed to improve public safety through the rapid dissemination of emergency messages to as many people and communication devices as possible. FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency], the National Continuity Program (NCP) Directorate, and the IPAWS program staff are fully committed and engaged in this national charter. [...] The IPAWS CAP Profile Conformity Assessment Program will provide an independent, objective analysis of qualified products to ensure they adhere to the IPAWS CAP [Common Alerting Protocol] Profile. FEMA will ultimately publish a list of vendors whose products conform to the CAP IPAWS v1.2 Profile so that purchasers may be assured that their equipment complies with the FCC's and FEMA's requirements."
Federal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.fema.gov/