Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS
NOUS42 KTAE 141220
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
820 AM EDT Thu Aug 14 2014 /720 AM CDT Thu Aug 14 2014/
...HAZCOLLECT NON-WEATHER EMERGENCY MESSAGE DEMONSTRATION...
A practice/demonstration non-weather emergency message is
scheduled for distribution by the Florida Division of Emergency
Management office Wednesday, August 27, 2014, or on the backup
date of September 3, 2014. The purpose of the practice/
demonstration message is to demonstrate capability to distribute
to the public emergency messages using interoperable systems in
the state of Florida, the National Weather Service, and the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security. In the event the test is
postponed from August 27, 2014, a Public Information Statement
will be issued to announce the postponement and test rescheduling
to September 3, 2014.
The NWS HAZCOLLECT system will send the practice/demonstration
non-weather related emergency text product with the following
World Meteorological Organization (WMO) heading:
AWIPS identifier (DMOFL) will be included in the product where DMO
is the AWIPS product category for practice/demo warning and FL
identifies the affected state.
DETAILS OF PRACTICE/DEMONSTRATION MESSAGES...
Please prepare for transmission of practice/demonstration messages
on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 and backup date of September 3, 2014
in the event of a critical weather day or the forecast or
occurrence of severe weather or a non-weather emergency in the
area of demonstration. All practice/demonstration messages will be
sent as product category DMO to minimize impact on users.
The practice/demonstration non-weather emergency message will
broadcast NOAA Weather Radio Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME)
tones for the category DMO practice/demo warning. Most weather
radio and public alert receivers are designed not to alert for the
DMO practice/demo warning. Check your receiver`s user manual for
details. The text and broadcast messages will clearly indicate
that they are a practice/demonstration test message. The DMO
practice/demo warning message should be received and noted in
station logs at Emergency Alert System stations, but should not be
broadcast over the air. A sample practice/demonstration test
The following is a sample practice/demonstration test message with
WMO header WOUS42 KTAE, AWIPS identifier DMOFL, and universal
geographic code FLC000.
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
FLORIDA DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TALLAHASSEE FL
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
900 AM EDT WED AUG 27 2014
THIS IS A PRACTICE/DEMONSTRATION TEST MESSAGE.
THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE FLORIDA
DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TALLAHASSEE FL.
THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. THIS IS A TEST OF THE CAPABILITY TO RELAY
EMERGENCY MESSAGES FROM NON-NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SOURCES USING
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND NWS SYSTEMS. THIS
PRACTICE/DEMONSTRATION TEST MESSAGE IS NOT INTENDED TO ACTIVATE
THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM.
THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. DO NOT TAKE ACTION BASED ON THIS TEST MESSAGE.
END SAMPLE PRACTICE/DEMONSTRATION TEST MESSAGE.
Information on the HAZCOLLECT program can be found at the
HAZCOLLECT website at:
Non-weather related emergency messages are originated by local,
state, or federal civil authorities and at their request may be
relayed by the National Weather Service in non-weather related
text products, and over NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) and
the EAS. The National Weather Service does not initiate non-
weather related emergency messages. NWS Instruction 10-518
includes the specifications for these products. NWS Instruction
10-518 appendix C defines content guidelines for each non-weather
emergency message type. The HAZCOLLECT service is described in NWS
NWS instruction 10-518 and 10-1708 are available on the internet
If you have any questions or comments, please contact:
Jane Hollingsworth, Meteorologist-in-Charge
National Weather Service Office Tallahassee, FL