There are many ways that authorities share emergency warnings, updates, and safety instructions. Take steps now to make sure you’ll get the information you need when an emergency happens.
- Find out how to get local emergency alerts. Check with your local health department or emergency management agency to see how they share emergency information. Some places use:
- Emergency texts
- Phone calling systems
- Digital road signs
- Social media
- Sirens and speakers
- Learn about your community’s warning signals. Be able to recognize what the warning signals sound and look like and what you should do when you hear or see them.
- Tune in. Listen to and watch reliable news sources. Keep a weather radio handy.
Watches and Warnings
- A watch means that there is a high possibility that a weather emergency will occur. When a severe storm watch is issued for your area, continue to listen to the radio or television for updates and pay attention to visible weather changes around you.
- A warning means that a weather emergency is already happening, or will happen soon. When you hear a warning, take immediate action
- Page last reviewed: January 5, 2016
- Page last updated: January 13, 2016
- Content source:
- CDC Emergency Risk Communication Branch (ERCB), Division of Emergency Operations (DEO), Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR)
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