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NOUS42 KMLB 291843
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FLZ041-044>047-053-054-058-059-064-141-144-147-291945-

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Melbourne FL
243 PM EDT Tue Sep 29 2020

...HazCollect Non-Weather Emergency Message Demonstration...

A test Non-Weather Emergency Message is scheduled for distribution
by the Seminole County Emergency Management Office on Wednesday October
14 2020. The purpose of the test is to demonstrate the capability to
publicly distribute emergency messages using interconnected systems
in Seminole County Emergency Management, the National Weather
Service (NWS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In the
event the test is postponed from October 14 2020, a Public
Information Statement will be issued to announce the postponement
and rescheduling to a later date.

On Wednesday October 14 2020, around 10:30 AM EDT, the NWS HazCollect
system will send the test non-weather related emergency text product
from the Seminole County Emergency Management Office with the World
Meteorological Organization (WMO) heading: WOUS42 and AWIPS Identifier:
DMOMLB

Details of the test message are as follows...

Please prepare for transmission of the test message on Wednesday
October 14 2020. The test is scheduled for around 10:30 am EDT, but
will be postponed if there is forecast or occurrence of severe
weather or if there is a non-weather emergency in the area. The test
message will be sent as product category DMO, Practice/Demo Warning,
to minimize impact on users. There is no reason for concern if you
do not receive the test message.

The non-weather emergency message used in this test 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 receivers user manual for
details. The message will clearly indicate it is a test. The message
should be received and noted in station logs at Emergency Alert
System (EAS) stations but should not be broadcast over the air.

The following is a sample non-weather emergency message similar to what
will be used in the test. The message will have WMO header WOUS42
KMLB, AWIPS Identifier DMOMLB and Universal Geographic Code FLC117.

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
PRACTICE/DEMO WARNING
SEMINOLE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SANFORD FL
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
1030 AM EDT WED OCT 14 2020

THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. THIS IS ONLY A TEST.

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE
SEMINOLE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SANFORD FL.

THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. THIS IS A TEST OF THE CAPABILITY TO
RELAY EMERGENCY MESSAGES FROM NON-NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
SOURCES USING FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY AND NWS
SYSTEMS. THIS 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.

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DM5118118676012233728/5712239571143566336

End sample non-weather emergency message.

Information on the HazCollect program can be found on the Internet at:

http://www.weather.gov/hazcollect

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 Instruction 10-1708.

NWS Instruction 10-518 is available and the updated 10-1708 will be
available on the Internet at:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/directives

If you have any questions or comments...please contact:

Scott Spratt | Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service Office Melbourne FL
321-255-0212 x223
Scott.Spratt@noaa.gov

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