When an emergency event occurs, timely information about conditions and communications from emergency authorities and agencies can make the difference. Local (fire, police and rescue), State and Federal emergency agencies and services are set up to provide alerts and warnings through various technologies to provide key information and notifications no matter where you are.
To receive critical information as soon as possible, check out the information below on how to ensure you receive alerts and warnings so you can take action.
INTEGRATED PUBLIC ALERT AND WARNING SYSTEM (IPAWS)
During an emergency, officials need to provide the public with life-saving information quickly. The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) is a modernization and integration of the nation’s alert and warning infrastructure and will save time when time matters most. Click here for more information on IPAWS.
To learn more about Wireless Emergency Alerts click here for WEA FAQ’s.
NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS
The NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, or “NWR”, is a nationwide network of radio stations that broadcasts weather forecasts, warnings, and emergencies 24 hours a day, year-round. This is a comprehensive information service available to the general public. All hazards messaging includes AMBER alerts, weather events, chemical spills, national emergencies.
A special weather radio receiver is required to receive NWR broadcasts. Receivers can be purchased online, big box stores and electronic stores. Make sure to look for the Public Alert or NWR logo to ensure the radio meets requirements. If you are interested in a receiver that allows users to select alerts for specific geographic areas, look for models identified as “SAME”, Specific Area Message Encoding. For more information on NOAA, click here .
LOCAL EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEMS
Many local jurisdictions have set up opt-in public alert and warning systems. With an opt-in system, it means that you must sign-up to receive the alert. Once signed-up, the local official in your area will send you text of e-mail messages about local emergencies. Many opt-in systems may allow subscribers to choose the devices and type of alerts.
To determine what alerts are available in your area, you can do an internet search with your town, city, township, or country name and the word “alerts” or go to the local emergency management (OEM) for more details.
LOCAL SCHOOL OR ORGANIZATION NOTIFICATION SYSTEMS
Many schools, workplaces and community related organizations have notification systems to warn individuals of emergencies and provide tailored messages. These usually are opt-in text or email systems.
AMERICAN RED CROSS APP:
The American Red Cross has created an app that consists of 35 different types of severe weather and emergency alerts. The app allows you to choose the alerts that you are important to you and includes a “Family Safe” feature that allows you to notify family and friends of alerts in their area and can check to verify that they are safe. Another benefit of the app is that it provides information on what to do before, during and after and how to find open Red Cross Shelters. You can download the app to your mobile device or smartphone from iTunes or Google Play.
THE WEATHER CHANNEL APP:
This app tracks weather and provides local forecasts and severe level alerts to mobile devices. You can download the app to your mobile device or smartphone from iTunes or Google Play.
– Confirm your mobile phone can receive Wireless Emergency Alerts.
– Sign up for text and/or email alerts from your local jurisdictions.
– Consider purchasing a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards.
– If you do not have a landline, check to see if your jurisdiction has options for
mobile phones or VoIP to be connected to ETN Systems.
– Sign up for alerts for school, workplace, and community organizations.
– Download relevant apps
– Establish a list of all alerts available to you and include as part of your
emergency household communication system.
The most important thing is to be prepared!