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Guideline 4: Warning Dissemination


Once NWS warnings are received, or local information suggests an imminent weather threat, the goal of the local emergency officials should be to communicate with as much of the population as possible. Receiving StormReady recognition will be contingent upon having one or more of the following means (based on population) of ensuring timely warning dissemination to citizens:

  • NOAA Weather Radio receivers (Tone alert or SAME) in each government-owned building that is accessed by the public.
    • Required locations:
        -24 hour warning point
        -Emergency Operations Center
        -City Hall
        -Schools
        -Courthouses
        -Public libraries
        -Hospitals
        -Fairgrounds (when being used)
        -Sports arenas or event halls
        -Highway or street departments
    • Recommended locations:
        -Parks and recreation areas
        -Public utilities
        -Bus companies
        -Nursing homes
        -Day care centers
  • Cable television audio/video overrides.
  • Local Flood warning systems with no single point of failure.
  • Other locally-controlled methods like a local broadcast system or sirens on emergency vehicles.
  • Outdoor warning sirens.
  • Counties Only: A County-wide communications network that ensures the flow of information between all cities and towns within its borders. This would include acting as a warning point for the smaller towns.

Last Updated: April 27, 2001
NWS La Crosse

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