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Public Information Notice

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

106 PM EDT Thu Jun 28 2012

 

To:       Subscribers:

          -Family of Services

          -NOAA Weather Wire Service

          -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network

          -NOAAPORT

          Other NWS partners and NWS employees

 

From:     Michael J. Szkil

          Chief, Awareness Branch

          Performance and Awareness Division

          Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services

 

Subject:  Warnings Starting to Roll Out on Wireless

          Emergency Alerts

 

Today, the most critical NWS warnings will begin triggering

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on WEA-capable cell phones.  

 

NWS produced Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) messages are pushed

to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Integrated

Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS).  These messages are

formatted to trigger a WEA broadcast for the following types

of NWS warnings.

 

- Tornado Warnings

- Flash Flood Warnings

- Hurricane and Typhoon Warnings

- Extreme Wind Warnings

- Blizzard and Ice Storm Warnings

- Dust Storm Warnings

 

Through the summer, the NWS will be working to enable the

triggering of WEA for Tsunami Warnings.

 

For information about IPAWS, please visit

 

http://www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/

 

Wireless carriers began rolling out the WEA service across

the nation on April 7, 2012.  All major wireless carriers and

hundreds of smaller carriers are taking part in WEA on a voluntary

basis.  To find out if your phone will get these messages, contact

your wireless carrier or check the link below: 

 

http://fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/cmas.shtm

 

For information about EAS, please visit

 

http://www.fema.gov/emergency/ipaws/eas_info.shtm

 

If you have any questions or comments about NWS participation in

IPAWS, please contact:

 

Mike Gerber

Emerging Dissemination Technologies Program Lead

NOAA/National Weather Service

Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services

Silver Spring, MD

301-713-0090 x170

Mike.Gerber@noaa.gov

 

National Public Information Notices are online at:

 

http://www.weather.gov/os/notif.htm

 

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