Tags Warning Systems/Programs

Tag: Warning Systems/Programs

Having multiple sources to receive weather warnings

Having multiple sources to receive weather warnings is smart! Relying on only one leaves you vulnerable if there is a power outage, system failure, or if you are "out of range".

Oklahoma City’s Tornado Siren Policy

If you live in Oklahoma City, you need to be aware of the way the city uses their outdoor warning sirens.

Emergency Ready – New Year’s Resolution Actions

NWS Weather-Ready Action of the Month: Resolve to stay alert to dangerous weather! Make sure Wireless Emergency Alerts are enabled on your mobile phone.

DSCOVR: Deep Space Climate Observatory

A new NOAA spacecraft, The Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, will maintain the nation's real-time solar wind monitoring capabilities which are critical to the accuracy and lead time of NOAA's space weather alerts and forecasts.

Wildfires (Fire Weather) – Warning Alert Notifications

NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) provides daily fire weather forecasts, fire weather warning products, and forecasts designed to assist wildland Fire Agencies' assessment of fire danger every day of the year. Most NWS Weather Forecast Offices provide fire forecasts twice a day and provide warnings in close partnership with local, state and Federal fire control agencies.

Volcanoes/Volcanic Eruptions – Warning Alert Notifications

The USGS Volcano Hazards Program issues four-tiered Volcano Alert Levels of Normal, Advisory, Watch, and Warning. The Volcano Alert Levels are intended to inform people on the ground about a volcano's status and are issued in conjunction with the Aviation Color Code. Notifications are issued for both increasing and decreasing volcanic activity.

Tsunamis – Warning Alert Notifications

Tsunami notifications issued by NOAA's National Weather Service's (NWS) are in the order of severity: Tsunami Information Statement, Tsunami Watch, Tsunami Advisory, and Tsunami Warning.

Epidemics/Pandemics/Health – Warning Alert Notifications

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC's) Health Alert Network (HAN)is CDC's primary method of sharing cleared information about urgent public health incidents with public information officers; federal, state, territorial, and local public health practitioners; clinicians; and public health laboratories.

Earthquakes – Warning Alert Notifications

The USGS Earthquake Hazards Program is part of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). They monitor and report earthquakes, assess earthquake impacts and hazards, and research the causes and effects of earthquake. The USGS Earthquake Notification Service (ENS) is a free service that sends you automated notification emails when earthquakes happen in your area.

Droughts – Intensity Notifications

The U.S. Drought Monitor is unique, blending numeric measures of drought and experts' best judgment into a single map every week. It started in 1999 as a federal, state, and academic partnership, growing out of a Western Governors' Association initiative to provide timely and understandable scientific information on water supply and drought for policymakers.

Hazardous Weather Statements

There are a multitude of advisories, watches, and warnings issued by the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS uses a multi-tier system of weather statements to notify the public of threatening weather conditions. These statements are used in conjunction with specific weather phenomena to convey different levels of risk.

Volcano Hazards Program

The USGS Volcano Hazards Program monitors active and potentially active volcanoes, assesses their hazards, responds to volcanic crises, and conducts research on how volcanoes work.

Earthquake Hazards Program

The USGS Earthquake Hazards Program is part of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), established by Congress in 1977. They monitor and report earthquakes, assess earthquake impacts and hazards, and research the causes and effects of earthquake.

Tsunami Warning Program

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) is one of two tsunami warning centers that are operated by NOAA in the United States. The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center (WCATWC) is the second of the two tsunami warning centers.

National Weather Service (NWS)

The National Weather Service (NWS), once known as the Weather Bureau, is one of the six scientific agencies that make up the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is headquartered in Silver Spring, MD. The NWS is tasked with weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property with some 5,000 employees in 122 local weather forecast offices, 13 river forecast centers, 9 national centers, and other support offices around the country.

NOAA Weather Radio (NWR)

All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service.

National Warning System (NAWAS)

The National Warning System (NAWAS) is a comprehensive party line network of telephone circuits connecting state and Federal warning points throughout the United States. Funded by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), NAWAS is a national system under the control of individual states. Each state has its own plan for the use of NAWAS during weather emergencies.

Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)

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, protecting life and property.

Emergency Alert System (EAS)

The Emergency Alert System (EAS), which replaced the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) in 1997, is a national warning system that sends emergency messages to radio and television stations, to include cable and satellite stations.

Emergency Warning Sirens

Sirens are still the most effective method to warn the population at large in the shortest amount of time. People who may be outdoors at ball games, in their yard, or anywhere else where they are not in contact with the normal news media channels such as radio, TV or local public address systems.

Types of Emergency Alert Warning Technologies

During emergencies, emergency alert communications systems include the wireline and wireless telephone networks, broadcast and cable television, radio, Public Safety Land Mobile Radio, satellite systems and increasingly the Internet.