Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Weather Alert Meanings and Important Links

Are you concerned about missing information that may save your life and the ones you love?

When a hazardous weather threatens, how do you receive time critical messages and alerts?

Through your NOAA weather radio, on TV and the radio, you will hear alerts from the National Weather Service regarding these events. It is important to understand what the alert classifications mean in order to adequately prepare your loved ones to survive an event.

According to the National Weather Service website, “NOAA's National Weather Service uses a four-tier approach to alert the public for the potential for severe weather or high fire danger. This four-tier approach consists of outlooks, advisories, watches and warnings.” These four classifications can be very useful if you understand their meaning. We’re here to help you!

1. Outlook – The chance of hazardous weather looks to be developing within the next 3 to 7 days.

2. Advisory – The chance of hazardous weather has increased but many factors are still uncertain. Advisories are usually issued 12 to 48 hours before potential impact.

3. Watch – The hazard will occur and poses significant inconveniences. A watch does not pose a general threat to life except for those traveling.

4. Warning – The hazard is occurring or imminent and poses a threat to life or property.

For recommendations on actions to take when these alerts are issued, visit the local National Weather Service web page by clicking here.

How the Clark Regional Emergency Operations Center receives hazard warning and notifications

Here in the Clark Regional Emergency Operations Center, we need access to quality, timely hazard warnings and notifications. We developed a list of hazard warnings and notification phone numbers and website links we use on a regular basis. Since it a priority for our community to have access to reliable information, we have included this document for you.

Access Clark Regional Emergency Operations Center’s Hazard Warnings and Notification Links.

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