IPAWS-OPEN Public Documentation and Training Materials (Unofficial)

This page contains “useful stuff” for developers building to the IPAWS-OPEN aggregator interfaces. I will add to it from time to time as I have time. Note that info actually contained on this site does NOT constitute official IPAWS documentation. It is merely my contribution to the cause as we go forward. I will also provide links to official documentation that is available, but all official documentation must be housed on the appropriate .gov web site. For IPAWS in general the link is http://www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/.

1. A SOAP UI project that may be used for connection to IPAWS-OPEN in the test environment. Please note that this project is both incomplete and unproven. It is also not configured for the correct file path to associated WSDLs and XSD file although the files are included and can be configured inside your environment. It is also not configured for security. Users will need a valid FEMA generated IPAWS associated certificate before they can use this project. If you have a certificate the video below will provide configuration constructions. Note that certificates are only provided to IPAWS-OPEN MOA holders. Download: SOAP UI Reference Project

2. A brief video on how to set Security for IPAWS-OPEN in SOAP UI: Setting Security in SOAP UI 15 Feb 2011

3. A paper explaining the general purpose and use of the EDXL-DE (Note: Not specific to IPAWS, but IPAWS-OPEN does offer EDXL-DE based message exchange of NIEM and other embedded message content): EDXL-DE-Basics-WhitePaper-18Aug09-r2

5. IPAWS Fact sheets from the FEMA IPAWS web site:

  • IPAWS Fact Sheet (PDF 526KB)
    Definition of IPAWS, the program’s vision, mission, and strategic goals, as well as the architecture and legal authority.
  • Common Alerting Protocol Fact Sheet (PDF 95KB)
    Descriptions of how the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) will be integrated into IPAWS and the benefits from using a single standard.
  • Commercial Mobile Alert System Fact Sheet (PDF 97KB)
    Details on how the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) will be sent by alerting authorities and how the American people will receive alerts on their mobile devices.
  • IPAWS Benefits for Alerting Authorities Fact Sheet (PDF 102KB)
    Highlights the benefits of using IPAWS to alerting authorities and instructions on how alerting authorities can access IPAWS to send alerts and warnings to their jurisdictions.
  • IPAWS OPEN Fact Sheet (PDF 95KB)
    The importance and features of the IPAWS Open Platform for Emergency Networks, or IPAWS OPEN, which authenticates and routes alerts and warnings to existing and emerging public alerting systems.
  • American People and IPAWS Fact Sheet (PDF 103KB)
    Non-technical explanation of the way IPAWS works and how the American people will benefit from an integrated public alert and warning system, including the benefits of the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS).
  • Alerting for Audiences with Access and Functional Needs Fact Sheet
    (PDF 95KB)
    Description of how the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) enables rich, multimedia messages which can be leveraged by emerging assistive technologies to provide alerts and warnings to the access and functional needs community.
  • National Weather Service / HazCollect Alerting Fact Sheet (PDF 262KB)
    Details on how National Weather Service (NWS) dissemination services will be used by IPAWS to relay non-weather related alerts and warnings.
  • Interoperable Messaging Fact Sheet (PDF 258KB)
    Additional services, beyond public alerting, provided by IPAWS OPEN to enable the interoperable exchange of messages between government organizations to enhance situational awareness and collaboration.

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