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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Boston/Norton MA
942 AM EDT Tue May 1 2018


The National Weather Service (NWS) Boston, MA has declared April
30 through May 4 as Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Each day
this week we will highlight a different preparedness topic.

Today`s Topics:  Ways to receive severe weather alerts

One of the keys to staying safe during the severe weather season
is making sure that you have a way to receive life saving severe
weather watches and warnings. There are many methods and tools,
some of which are available with no cost or fees, that you can use
to receive these important life saving alerts no matter where you
are -at home, at school, or at work. Here is a partial list of
these methods and tools.

NOAA Weather Radio (NWR):  NWR is a nationwide network of radio
stations broadcasting continuous weather information from the
nearest National Weather Service office. Specially built receivers
receive the NWR broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and
sound an audible alert when official watches and warnings are
issued for your area. Think of these radios as a smoke detector
for severe weather alerts.

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA): With WEA, emergency alerts can
be sent to your cell phone or mobile device when you may be in
harm`s way, without need to download an app or subscribe to a
service. In addition to other alert types such as AMBER Alerts,
this free service will transmit extreme weather warnings such as
Tornado and Flash Flood warnings to your cell phone. The alerts
will look like a text message, and will typically show the type
and time of the alert, any action you should take. WEA messages
include a special tone and vibration. If you receive a WEA
message, you should follow any action advised by the emergency
message. Seek more details from your favorite TV or radio station,
NOAA Weather Radio, news website, desktop application, mobile
application, or other trusted source of information.

Cell phone apps:  There are many great cell phone apps that
provide real-time NWS warnings and alerts, some of which are free
to download and use, and others that may charge a small fee. A
simple search of your app provider will reveal many of these apps.

Emergency Alert System (EAS) and your favorite TV and radio
stations: EAS is the message dissemination pathway that sends
warnings via broadcast, cable, satellite, and wireline services.
EAS may be used by state and local authorities, including the
National Weather Service, in cooperation with the broadcast
community, to deliver important emergency information such as
severe weather information, AMBER alerts, and local incident
information targeted to specific areas. In short, when severe
weather strikes, it`s a good idea to tune to your favorite local
TV or radio station or website for detailed information about the
severe weather threat.

In addition to the aforementioned alerting system, many
communities also offer free emergency alert notifications through
their own systems, such as reverse 911 phone systems. Be sure to
check with your local emergency management agency to learn what is
available in your area.

Be sure to take some time this week to learn more about severe
weather safety. Learning and practicing severe weather safety
when the weather is good will allow you to react more quickly when
the weather turns bad.

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