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Guideline 4: Warning Dissemination*

Receiving StormReady recognition will be contingent upon having one or more of the following means of ensuring timely warning dissemination to citizens. Requirements are based population.

  • NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receivers, tone alert or SAME, in each government-owned building accessed by the public.
    • Required locations:
      • 24 hour warning point
      • Emergency Operations Center
      • City Hall
      • School Superintendent office
    • Recommended locations:
      • Courthouses
      • Public libraries
      • Hospitals
      • Schools
      • Fairgrounds
      • Parks and recreation areas
      • Public utilities
      • Sports arenas
      • Departments of Transportation
  • Cable television audio/video overrides.
  • Local Flood warning systems with no single point of failure.
  • Other locally-controlled methods like a local broadcast system or sirens on emergency vehicles.
  • Outdoor warning sirens.
  • Counties Only: A County-wide communications network that ensures the flow of information between all cities and towns within its borders. This would include acting as a warning point for the smaller towns.

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

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Last Updated: October 23, 2000