Monday’s topic for Fall Severe Weather Preparedness is Warnings and Alerts

Kingfisher, OK 8-19-07 This red car was washed off the highway and it occupants had to be rescued from flood waters from Tropical Storm Erin. FEMA has a preparedness program to make people aware of the dangers of driving though flooded roads. Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

MEMA the National Weather Service and other partners are highlighting the importance of severe weather warnings and alerts for the first day of Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

Smartphones will alert you of a tornado, flash flooding or other warnings in your area with a unique ring tone and vibration.

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) is a public safety system that allows customers who own certain wireless phones and other enabled mobile devices to receive geographically-targeted, text-like messages alerting them of imminent threats to safety in their area.

There are also numerous other methods to receive weather watches, warnings and advisories. Examples include:

NOAA Weather Radio: Watches and Warnings issued by NWS air on these radios.

Television Stations: Local or national news stations monitor and broadcast weather alerts.

AM/FM Radio: Radio stations are required to air Emergency Alert System messages.

Social Media: MEMA partners with the NWS to post severe weather alerts on Twitter using the hashtag #MSWX. MEMA and the NWS constantly updates Facebook and Twitter with weather graphics, alerts and information about imminent severe weather.
MEMA Facebook: www.facebook.com/msemaorg
MEMA Twitter: https://twitter.com/MSEMA

For more information on Severe Weather Preparedness Week and Wireless Emergency Alerts visit: https://www.weather.gov/jan/swpwfall

You can also download the Mississippi EMA App for free for Android and Apple. Search Mississippi EMA in the app store.

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