Warning Distribution and Coordination

The next step is getting the warning out to the public and emergency management authorities. The NWS does this through a variety of sources.

NOAA Weather Radio
EBS- Emergency Broadcast System which is played over local media
Telephone local authorities of the impending weather
NWS Pager System
NOAA Weather Wire

The Weather Channel will take the warning and scroll it across the bottom of the screen. Also, many local stations use maps to show which counties are under a warning. The National Weather Service will use Severe Weather Statements and Short Term Forecasts to keep the public informed of the status of the event.

As the weather hits an area severe reports begin rolling into our office. The NWSFO in Cleveland is equipped with a HAM Radio Sky Net which is part of the Cleveland Skywarn Program. HAM Radio volunteers will help relay reports from the spotters in the field directly to our weather office. Also, many spotters will call in reports. In fact, during an outbreak of severe weather July 13, 1995 over 100 reports of damage were received by our office in a little over three hours. As you call tell, things can get hectic during severe weather. Many people must work together to provide the best possible warnings.

The final procedure in the warning process is the compiling of severe reports and verifying the warning. During this time a LOCAL STORM REPORT will be issued. Also, the warned counties will be checked if severe weather actually took place in a county.

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