HAZCOLLECT...a new system for relaying non-weather emergency messages

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
955 AM CDT WED SEP 17 2008

...HAZCOLLECT NON-WEATHER EMERGENCY MESSAGE TESTING...

A HAZCOLLECT FOLLOW-ON OPERATIONAL TEST AND EVALUATION IS SCHEDULED
FROM SEPTEMBER 17 TO DECEMBER 5 2008.  HAZCOLLECT IS A SYSTEM
DEVELOPED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ TO RELAY EMERGENCY
MESSAGES FROM NON-NWS SOURCES USING DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
AND NWS SYSTEMS.

HAZCOLLECT TESTING WILL SEND NON-WEATHER RELATED EMERGENCY TEXT
PRODUCTS WITH THE FOLLOWING WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANIZATION /WMO/
HEADINGS:

   WOUSII CCCC FOR PRODUCTS IN THE CONTIGUOUS UNITED STATES

FOR THE PADUCAH WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE...AWIPS IDENTIFIERS /NNNPAH/
WILL BE INCLUDED IN EACH PRODUCT WHERE NNN IS THE AWIPS PRODUCT
CATEGORY AND PAH IS THE IDENTIFIER OF THE RELAYING NWS OFFICE OR THE
TWO-LETTER UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE /USPS/ ID OF THE AFFECTED
STATE OR TERRITORY.  THE FOLLOWING AWIPS IDENTIFIER PRODUCT
CATEGORIES /NNN/ ARE AUTHORIZED FOR USE IN EACH OF THE PRODUCTS
IDENTIFIED BY THE WMO HEADINGS DESCRIBED ABOVE:

AWIPS NNN    MASS NEWS DISSEMINATOR /MND/ PRODUCT TYPE LINE

ADR          ADMINISTRATIVE MESSAGE/FOLLOWUP STATEMENT
AVA          AVALANCHE WATCH
AVW          AVALANCHE WARNING
CAE          CHILD ABDUCTION EMERGENCY
CDW          CIVIL DANGER WARNING
CEM          CIVIL EMERGENCY MESSAGE
EQW          EARTHQUAKE WARNING
EVI          EVACUATION IMMEDIATE
FRW          FIRE WARNING
HMW          HAZARDOUS MATERIALS WARNING
LEW          LAW ENFORCEMENT WARNING
LAE          LOCAL AREA EMERGENCY
TOE          911 TELEPHONE OUTAGE EMERGENCY
NUW          NUCLEAR POWER PLANT WARNING
RHW          RADIOLOGICAL HAZARD WARNING
SPW          SHELTER IN PLACE
VOW          VOLCANO WARNING

PLEASE PREPARE FOR TRANSMISSION OF TEST MESSAGES BETWEEN SEPTEMBER
17 TO DECEMBER 5 2008. ALMOST ALL TEST MESSAGES WILL BE SENT AS
PRODUCT CATEGORY ADR TO MINIMIZE IMPACT ON USERS OF NWS INFORMATION
AND NON-WEATHER EMERGENCY MESSAGES AND ACCORDING TO THE SCHEDULE
BELOW. TEST MESSAGES WILL BE ONE OF TWO TYPES:

1. A NATIONAL TEST MESSAGE IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY
NOVEMBER 13 AT ABOUT 1815 UTC /UNIVERSAL COORDINATED TIME/ OR 1215
PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME TO TEST DISTRIBUTION OF EMERGENCY MESSAGES
OF NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE.  THE NATIONAL TEST MESSAGE WILL BE
DISSEMINATED UNDER WMO HEADINGS INCLUDED IN THE LIST ABOVE AND WITH
AN ASSOCIATED AWIPS IDENTIFIER ADRXX WHERE XX IS THE TWO-LETTER USPS
ID OF A STATE OR TERRITORY. ANOTHER PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
WILL BE TRANSMITTED CONFIRMING THE DATE AT LEAST ONE WEEK BEFORE THE
NATIONAL TEST.

2. LOCAL TEST MESSAGES WILL BE ORIGINATED BY DAVIESS COUNTY KENTUCKY
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. A LOCAL TEST MESSAGE IS PLANNED AT ABOUT 1000
AM LOCAL TIME EACH DAY MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 17 TO
DECEMBER 5.
HOWEVER THE SEPTEMBER 17 MESSAGE MAY BE CONDUCTED LATTER
IN THE MORNING.

VARIOUS PARAMETERS OF THE TEST MESSAGES MAY CHANGE...SUCH AS MESSAGE
TYPE...CREATION TIME...SOURCE AND NWS OFFICE...AND TEST MESSAGE
NUMBER. HAZCOLLECT TEST MESSAGES ARE INTENDED TO BE DISTRIBUTED OVER
ALL NWS SYSTEMS FOR WHICH NON-WEATHER EMERGENCY MESSAGES ARE
CURRENTLY SCHEDULED...INCLUDING NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS.  THE
ADR ADMINISTRATIVE MESSAGE/FOLLOW UP TEST MESSAGES MAY BE RELAYED BY
EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM PARTICIPATING STATIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH
LOCAL AND STATE EAS PLANS.

A SAMPLE TEST MESSAGE FOLLOWS.

WOUS42 KTAE 081500
ADRTAE
FLC005-081530-

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
ADMINISTRATIVE MESSAGE/FOLLOW UP STATEMENT
NWS TEST HQ NATIONAL COG SILVER SPRING MD
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
1000 AM EST WED NOV 5 2008

THIS MESSAGE IS FOR TEST PURPOSES ONLY. THIS IS TEST MESSAGE NUMBER
1.

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE NWS TEST
HQ NATIONAL COG.

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 TEST MESSAGE
MAY BE RELAYED BY EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM PARTICIPATING STATIONS IN
ACCORDANCE WITH LOCAL AND STATE EAS PLANS.

THIS IS A TEST MESSAGE. DO NOT TAKE ACTION BASED ON THIS TEST
MESSAGE.

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END SAMPLE TEST MESSAGE.

INFORMATION ON THE HAZCOLLECT PROGRAM CAN BE FOUND AT THE HAZCOLLECT
WEB SITE AT /USE LOWER CASE LETTERS/:

      HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OS/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.

NWS INSTRUCTION 10-518 IS AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET AT /USE LOWER
CASE LETTERS/:

     HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/DIRECTIVES/SYM/PD01005018CURR.PDF

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...PLEASE CONTACT:

RICK SHANKLIN
WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE
WEST PADUCAH KY
270 744-6440 EXT 726
RICKY.SHANKLIN@NOAA.GOV


JOEL WILLIAMS                  HERB WHITE
HAZCOLLECT PROJECT MANAGER     DISSEMINATION SERVICES MANAGER
SILVER SPRING MARYLAND         SILVER SPRING MARYLAND
301-713-3400 X114              301-713-0090 X 146
JOEL.WILLIAMS@NOAA.GOV         HERBERT.WHITE@NOAA.GOV

THIS AND OTHER NWS NATIONAL PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS
ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT /USE LOWER CASE LETTERS/:

HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OS/NOTIF.HTM

THIS MESSAGE IS LISTED AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE...ABOVE THE S
ERVICE CHANGE NOTICE AND TECHNICAL IMPLEMENTATION NOTICE BOX.

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