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  • Stay Alert: Nationwide Emergency Test on October 3

    Be Aware of the Nationwide Emergency Test

    UPDATE: Due to the response of Hurricane Florence, the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) has been postponed until October 3rd.

    On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, the Federal Emergency and Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) beginning at 2:18 p.m. ET. The test will assess how ready the distribution channels are in case a national message needs sending and determine whether improvements are needed.


  • Fall Weather Safety and Infographic

    Improve Communication of Hurricane Hazards!

    Be aware of specific hazards during September, October, and November. Serve as a force multiplier by engaging your employees, customers, and social media network with this article and infographic! Please also keep updated with the latest information from the National Hurricane Center at www.hurricanes.gov and your local Weather Forecast Office at www.weather.gov. Included here to the right is an infographic on "Delivering the Right Message." Click Here or on the image to view the infographic.

    Know Your Risk Take Action Be a Force of Nature

    Autumn safety should not be underestimated! Droughts, floods, fog, hurricanes, tsunamis, wind, wildfires, and early winter weather are all risky weather situations which you should be prepared and informed about. Learn what to do when water is scarce, what to do before / during / after a flood, how to drive safely in fog, preparing your family for a hurricane, prepare for hurricane evacuation, prepare for tsunamis, understand natural tsunami warnings, learn about wind warnings / watches / advisories, and how to evacuation from & prevent wildfires. Click here or the image below to see the weather.gov Fall Weather Safety PDF.

    URGENT REMINDER! Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) National Test September 20

    IPAWS National Test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)
    Thursday, September 20, 2018

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on September 20, 2018. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

    The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless carriers participating in WEA. This is the fourth EAS nationwide test and the first national WEA test. Previous EAS national tests were conducted in September 2011, 2016 and 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials in recognition of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month.

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  • Get Real-Time Emergency Alerts on Your Mobile Device

    WEA_logo_smlDo you know when a tornado is coming?

    Did you know it is possible to get real-time alerts and warnings ahead of time?

    According to the 2015 Federal Emergency Management Agency National Household Survey, three out of four people know how to get real-time alerts and warnings ahead of a storm. Make sure you are one of them.

    Stay safe against severe weather with real-time emergency alerts on your cellular phone and computer. Keep yourself prepared for the unexpected by receiving information about emergencies in your area. Learn more about Wireless Emergency Alerts: WEAsAwareness

    Review the Know Your Alerts and Warnings fact sheet from Prepareathon to receive alerts as soon as possible.

  • Wireless Emergency Alerts: WEAs

    WEA_logo_smlWEAs (Wireless Emergency Alerts) are your free and easy link to preparedness.

    Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier.

    WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters.

    There are 3 main types of WEAs:phone-with-tornado-alert

    • ~ Extreme weather, and other threatening emergencies in your area... as Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors, we love these - they include:
      • ... Tsunami Warnings
      • ... Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings
      • ... Hurricane, Typhoon, Dust Storm and Extreme Wind Warnings
    • ~ AMBER Alerts -  AMBER Alerts are urgent bulletins issued in the most serious child-abduction cases. The America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert Program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry.
    • ~ Presidential Alerts during a national emergency


    Make sure your phone is WEA capable... if yours isn't, and you don't want to upgrade, then WEA is only one of the ways you receive emergency alerts. Other sources include NOAA Weather Radio, news broadcasts, the Emergency Alert System on radio and TV programs, outdoor sirens, internet services, and other alerting methods offered by local and state public safety agencies.

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