FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) now includes a new event code called Law Enforcement Blue Alert, or ‘Blue Alert’.
The new BLU event code is available for selection with the IPAWS Emergency Alert System (EAS), with future plans to release it to Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).
The ‘Blue Alert’ provides officials with the ability to alert the public when a law enforcement officer has been injured, killed or is missing. The alert will push real-time information to the public, like the location of the incident and any identifying information – such as suspect or vehicle description – to help locate possible suspects.
Blue Alerts will be transmitted to television and radio stations with EAS and later to cellphones and wireless devices with WEA. Similar to current Amber Alerts for missing children, Blue Alerts enable agencies to rapidly disseminate information to other law enforcement agencies, the public and media outlets.
Source: DRJ New feed