3rd Step – Be Informed – Warning Systems & Signals – Community Disaster Plans

Stay informed during a disaster through emergency broadcasts.

Find out what kinds of disasters, both natural and accidental, are most likely to occur in your area and how you will be notified.

Methods of getting your attention vary from community to community. One common method is to broadcast via emergency radio and TV broadcasts. You might hear a special siren, or get a telephone call or emergency workers may go door-to-door.

The Emergency Alert System (EAS) can address the entire nation on very short notice in case of a grave threat or national emergency. Ask if your local radio and TV stations participate in EAS.

Emergency Alert System

Integrated Public Alert & Warning System

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from a nearby National Weather Service office to specially configured NOAA weather radio receivers. Determine if NOAA Weather Radio is available where you live. If so, consider purchasing a NOAA weather radio receiver.

NOAA Weather Alert – All Weather


Many communities also offer emergency alert notifications through their own systems. Check with your state or local government to learn what is available in your area.

Ask local officials about your community’s disaster plans.


Ask local officials the following questions about your community’s disaster/emergency plans.

What hazards are most likely?
How will I get alerts and warnings?
What is the advice and plans for sheltering and evacuation for the hazards that may impact the community?
Are there emergency contact numbers I should have for different situations?
Are there opportunities for preparedness education and training?
Does my community have a plan?
Can I obtain a copy?
What does the plan contain?
How often are plans updated?
What should I know about this plan?
What hazards does it cover?

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