They City of Tuscaloosa, AL recently received a $124K grant from FEMA to purchase warning system for that city. As many AWARE readers know, in order to hook into IPAWS/CMAS a locality may have to upgrade their current alerting system to be CAP v1.2 compliant. So how where can localities find out about these grants and where can they find out about compliant technologies?
There is a list of grants that can be used to purchase “systems used to alert the public of protective actions or to provide warning to the public in the event of an incident, such as sirens, the Emergency Alert System (EAS), and the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS).” The list of these grants can be found here: There seem to be 11 grants available ranging from
The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Grant Program which “is intended to improve emergency management and preparedness capabilities by supporting flexible, sustainable, secure, and interoperable Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) with a focus on addressing identified deficiencies and needs”
The Operation Stonegarden Grant Program (OPSG) which “supports enhanced cooperation and coordination among local, tribal, territorial, State, and Federal law enforcement agencies in a joint mission to secure the United States’ borders along routes of ingress from international borders to include travel corridors in States bordering Mexico and Canada, as well as States and territories with international water borders.”
Some look like they might be applicable to a wider population of emergency management agencies, where others are much more specific to tribal or urban area agencies. It is worth it to take a look around this site and see if your agency qualifies for a grant.
Over the past few years FEMA conducted conformance testing on vendor products to make sure they adhered to the IPAWS CAP Profile. This was done at the P-TAC Center (formerly the NIMS Testing Center). They tested both software, Alert Origination Software Provider (AOSP) systems and hardware, EAS/CAP units. Those that did adhere to the CAP Profile were awarded a a Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) and posted to the FEMA Responders Knowledge Base (RKB) website along with a description of their product and contact information. This makes it easier for alert originators to make decisions when looking to purchase or upgrade their systems*.
* This post is informational only and not an endorsement of any of the products listed on these sites by AWARE or SRA International.