PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service are highlighting the importance of severe weather alerts for the final day of Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
There are numerous 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.
- Smartphone Applications: Numerous to choose from, and user can specify areas for alerts.
- Text Message Alerts: Some television stations use text message alerts for specific areas.
- Alert FM Receiver: Similar to a NOAA Weather Radio, but relays the message from FM Stations.
It is important to have a way to receive severe weather warnings after you have gone to bed. Most weather related injuries and deaths occur at night when people are asleep. A NOAA weather radio, Alert FM receiver or smartphone app, which sounds an audible alert, will wake you when a warning is issued for your area so you can take the appropriate action.
Numerous free and paid smartphone applications have been created, notifying the public of severe weather. Some of these applications use the GPS tracking on your phone and will notify you of severe weather warnings based upon your location. This can ensure you will receive severe weather alerts wherever severe weather is occurring without having to program any special equipment.
Society is becoming more mobile, making Social Media sites like Facebook and Twitter become more popular for severe weather alerts. MEMA partners with the NWS to post severe weather alerts on Twitter using the hashtag #MSWX. The NWS constantly updates Facebook and Twitter with weather graphics, alerts and information about imminent severe weather.
To increase your chances of safely surviving a disaster, every family should have one or more methods for receiving severe weather alerts.
Governor Phil Bryant declared Feb. 4-10 Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Mississippi.
For more preparedness information please visit www.msema.org, contact your local emergency management office or local weather service office.
Follow updates on our website, www.msema.org, and on Facebook and Twitter using MSEMA.
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