This article explains what an IPAWS COG is and how to add COGS to the system or update them (update your certificates).
What is a COG?
A Collaborating Operating Group or “COG” is a term used by IPAWS to designate an organization that is responsible for emergency alerting. A COG is established with IPAWS when a Federal, State, local, or tribal alerting authority executes an MOA with FEMA in order to use IPAWS. Further information regarding this process may be found at FEMA's website.
Types of COGs
Demo COG - Demo COGs are used to carry out the FEMA required training and tests, as well as carrying out internal training and testing beyond the FEMA requirements.
Live COG - A live COGs is required to send out live WEA and EAS alerts.
Adding a COG to the System / Adding your Certificate
Once you have received IPAWS COG information for your Live COG, Demo COG, or both, you can add these to our system following these instructions.
- Navigate to the Configuration page by mousing over Admin in the top menu and clicking on Configurations.
- From here, you can create a new configuration by clicking on the Create New button.
- On this page, you need to fill out relevant fields with details of your Cert Configuration supplied by the FEMA IPAWS department.
- Name: a human-readable name that will be displayed on the message creation form.
- IPAWS-OPEN Endpoint:
- Choose Live if your COG ID begins with a 2.
- Choose Demo if the COG ID begins with a 3.
- COG ID: The six-digit number associated with your COG
- COG Username: The name of the agency associated with your COG
- Cert Alias: the filename of the certificate (.jks file) sent to you, minus the .jks file extension
- An example is IPAWS120028.
- Keystore Password and Key Password: These values are stored in a text file in the same zip file that contains the certificate above.
- Cog Certificate: Choose the .jks file that matches the details entered above. These values must match or the certificate configuration will be invalid.
- Click Create when ready to save the configuration.
Updating Configurations / Updating your Certificate
- Navigate to the Configuration page by mousing over Admin in the top menu and clicking on Configuration.
- Click on the name of the configuration which you want to update.
- From here you can change various details of the configuration
- To replace an expiring configuration with a new certificate, you can click the Upload New Certificate button and enter in details in the same manner as above on the Create New Configuration form.
- Additional operations can be performed:
- View Permissions: This button will retrieve and display the current configuration of this certificate from the IPAWS servers.
- Update Permissions: This button will retrieve, update, and display the current configuration of this certificate from the IPAWS servers.
- Delete Configuration: This will remove this configuration entirely from the system.
- When ready to save any changes, click the Save button at the bottom of the screen.