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Guideline 2: National Weather Service Warning Reception*

Warning points and EOCs each need multiple ways to receive NWS warnings. The StormReady program guidelines for receiving NWS warnings in an EOC/WP require a combination of the following, based on population:

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  • NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receiver with tone alert. Specific Area Message Encoding is preferred. Required for recognition only if within range of transmitter.
  • Emergency Management Weather Information Network (EMWIN) receiver: Satellite feed and/or VHF radio transmission of NWS products are available from vendors.
  • Commercial Data Services: Private sector-based providers of NWS warnings
  • Statewide law enforcement telecommunications: Automatic relay of NWS products on law enforcement systems.
  • Amateur Radio transceiver: Potential communications directly to NWS office
  • Pagers: From a provider not directly tied to a local system such as EMWIN.
  • Television: Local network or cable TV.
  • Local Radio (Emergency Alert System: LP1/LP2.
  • National Warning System (NAWAS) drop: FEMA-controlled civil defense hotline.
  • NOAA Weather Wire drop: Satellite downlink data feed from NWS
  • Other: For example, active participation in a state-run warning network.

*This guideline may be satisfied by incorporating data/services provided by America's Weather Industry.

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Last Updated:
April 5, 2012