IPAWS National Test

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

IPAWS National Test - set for Wednesday, August 7

FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission and radio and television Emergency Alert System (EAS) participants, will conduct a nationwide test of EAS beginning at 11:20 a.m. on Wednesday, August 7, 2019. 

The test will use the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). IPAWS provides public safety officials with an effective way to alert and warn the public about serious emergencies using EAS, Wireless Emergency Alerts, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio, and other public alerting systems from a single interface. 

The 2019 IPAWS National Test of EAS will broadcast a test message that is approximately one minute long. The EAS test message will be: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communication Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. No action is required."

This year’s test will evaluate the readiness of our national alerting capability in the absence of internet connectivity, focusing on the capability of EAS radio and television providers to distribute a test message nationwide.

More information about emergency alerts:  www.ready.gov/alerts 

LOCAL EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION

For local emergency notifications, Lake Oswego uses ClackCo Public Alerts. This system will distribute emergency messages via telephone, text or email to registered participants. Messages could include notices to evacuate or shelter-in-place, information relating to flooding, water contamination, shelter locations, gas leaks, missing children or elderly, and other important information.

All residents who are served by Lake Oswego Fire Department (including those in Multnomah and Washington Counties) will be covered by ClackCo Public Alerts and are urged to enroll at www.clackamas.us/publicalerts.

CodeRED, our previous notification system, will no longer be used. If you were enrolled in that system you need to enroll into Public Alerts to receive future messages.