Emergency alerting systems

IPAWS Wireless Emergency Alerts - Emergency Alert System

Maple Grove CodeRED is not the only emergency alerting system used in our community. There are other ways alerts may be sent.

Integrated public alert and warning system (IPAWS)

IPAWs is the Federal Emergency Management Agency's national system for local alerting that provides authenticated and life-saving information to the public through mobile phones using:

  • Wireless emergency alerts (WEA)
  • Radio and television via the emergency alert system (EAS)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio

Learn more about IPAWS.

Wireless emergency alerts (WEA)

The National Weather Service (NWS) utilizes WEA to push extreme weather warnings over the system. Tornado warnings, flash flood warnings and several other high-end warnings go direct to wireless users in an affected county automatically if their device is compatible. Severe weather alerts and warnings are sent out by the National Weather Service but may also be sent by third-party providers. View the types of messages sent by the NWS.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety can use wireless emergency alerts to issue an Amber Alert to enlist the public's help in finding missing children. View information about the Minnesota Amber Alert plan.

Hennepin County Emergency Management and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office may also work in partnership with local governments to send WEA messages when requested. However, Amber Alerts are only issued by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. 

Learn more about wireless emergency alerts and the emergency alert system.