Getting Warnings & Alerts
We talk alot about having multiple sources of warning info. That's because any one source has advantages & disadvantages, and they can also fail. For example, storm sirens are great for warning people who are outdoors, but not so much for people inside. Also, they might break, you might not have one in your area, they don't give out much info, and each community operates their system differently.
Some other sources of warning & alert info include:
- NOAA Weather Radio - More info HERE.
- TV Stations - Live emergency break-ins & severe weather coverage. The stations in our area that news programs are on channels 4, 5, 9 & 25.
- AM/FM Stations - Live emergency break-ins & Emergency Alert System (EAS) notifications. The EAS stations in our area are AM-930, FM-103.5 & FM-104.1.
- Internet Websites - You can find live emergency info on many websites including NWS and those of the local TV stations.
- Smartphone Apps - There are several apps available that will provide live emergency info. All cell phone carriers are requried to pass Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) notifications.
The federal government has created the Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) to tie together NOAA Weather Radio, EAS & WEA in an effort to make these systems seamless. More info HERE.