How to Receive Alerts and Warnings in Hamilton County
Hamilton County residents are encouraged to have multiple methods of receiving alerts & warnings. How will you receive alerts?
Weather Radios – This is one of the fastest and most reliable methods to obtain urgent weather information 24/7.This should be a must have and always on for your home, business, church, school, college, university, office, nursing homes, places of assembly, vacation getaways, etc. The National Weather Service (NWS) website has detailed information about different types of weather radios, as well as explanations of the different features that can be applied to your radio.
Alert Hamilton County– Sign up to receive National Weather Service alerts, life-safety information, and emergency messages from Hamilton County EMHSA.
Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS): During an emergency, officials need to provide the public with life-saving information quickly. IPAWS is a modernization and integration of the nation’s alert and warning infrastructure, and will save time when time matters most, protecting life and property. IPAWS allows public officials to send out geo-specific alerts across various platforms quickly. The methods by which alerts can be disseminated include:
- Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS)/Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs)
- Emergency Alert System (EAS)
- NOAA Weather Radios
- Internet Systems
For more information about IPAWS, click HERE.
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are based on your current location and will alert you anytime you are inside an “Extreme Weather Warning” area such as a Tornado Warning, Flash Flood Warning or Extreme Wind warnings. WEA’s also broadcast AMBER Alerts and local emergencies that may require evacuation or immediate action, and even Presidential Alerts during a national emergency. Most modern smart phones have this capability installed and “ON”. Check the “Notification” settings of your smartphone to enable WEAs.
Emergency Alert System– During an emergency, the Emergency Alert System (EAS) can be used to transmit weather or other safety information impacting your area. The EAS may be used by state and local authorities to deliver important emergency information, such as AMBER alerts and weather information targeted to specific areas. EAS messages appear as the scrolling messages across the television screen and over the radio.
Local TV & Radio – When you receive a weather alert or safety warning, it is important to “Take Cover, Tune In, and Take Action.” Immediately seek shelter, tune in to local media for more information, and take the appropriate actions to keep you and your family safe.
EMHSA App – By downloading the EMHSA app, you can receive push notifications about weather alerts and warnings, check weather and traffic conditions, and view Hamilton County EMHSA events.
Download the EMHSA App on the App Store.
Download the EMHSA App on Google Play
Social Media– Follow Hamilton County EMHSA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and find us on Nextdoor for preparedness information, as well as weather alerts and warnings! Weather alerts & warnings are automatically posted to Facebook and Twitter via the National Weather Service.
Outdoor Warning Sirens – Take Cover, Tune In, Take Action! The roughly 196 outdoor warning siren strategically placed throughout Hamilton County are intended to alert those that are outdoors at recreation sites such as baseball fields, soccer fields, football fields, playgrounds or a park to immediately seek shelter indoors.
There are four basic criteria to activate the sirens:
- The National Weather Service issues a Tornado Warning for Hamilton County
- A trained and certified storm spotter reports a tornado to NWS
- A tornado is reported by a local public safety official
- A dangerous situation occurs which requires citizens to seek shelter immediately and obtain information from a news outlet, TV or radio station, on what the hazard is in your area.
Please note and understand that these sirens are exposed to the elements 24/7/365. Throughout the year, EMHSA provides service and maintenance on all of the sirens. However, EMHSA cannot guarantee that the sirens will function 100% of the time, due to circumstances such as: high winds, auto accidents, power outages, lightning strikes, etc.
For more information about the Hamilton County Outdoor Warning Siren System, click HERE.