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All-Hazards Emergency Messages

NWR broadcastsNWS warnings, watches, forecasts and other non-weather related hazard information 24 hours a day. During an emergency, NWS forecasters interrupt routine broadcasts and send a special tone activating weather radios.

NWR broadcasts warnings and post-event information for all types of hazards: weather (e.g., tornadoes, floods), natural disasters (e.g., earthquakes, forest fires and volcanic activity), technological (e.g., chemical releases, oil spills, nuclear power plant emergencies, etc.), and national emergencies (e.g., terrorist attacks). Working with other federal agencies and the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Emergency Alert System (EAS), NWR is an all-hazards radio network. NWS is the most comprehensive weather and emergency information available to the public. Life-threatening weather emergency messages are alerted on NWR. Many of those same weather-related emergency messages are also broadcast via the EAS.

Non-Weather Related Emergency Messages

When non-weather emergencies occur, local or state officials can send text information about the non-weather hazard directly to the local NWS offices. NWS does NOT activate these message. NWS offices set up agreements to speed the process, since minutes make a difference. In most areas, the local or state Office of Emergency Management or Preparedness, civil defense, police or mayor/commissioner sets up links to send messages on systems such as the EAS and NWR. For more information, see the links below: