(Effective October 2014)
Weather Alerts Available in Norris Area
The Norris City Council has
reviewed different options and types of community emergency broadcast systems. This review included a recent Public
Workshop where a representative of the Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service reviewed the different types of systems
available. While discussion is ongoing regarding systems that would require the City to expend funds (such as warning
sirens and/or subscription based technology services), options are available now to every household in Norris for receiving
Different types of emergency alerting methods available
today to local households are:
- Local News
broadcasts on radio and TV
- The Emergency Alert System on radio and TV
- NOAA Weather Radio
- NOAA iNWS
- Wireless Emergency Alerts
- Anderson County "CodeRED" emergency notification system (includes
evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, and missing child reports).
NOAA Weather Radio (NWR)
is an established technology with systems that cover almost the entire country. Radios are affordable ($16.00
and up) and readily available at many stores. These radios provide continuous broadcasting of current weather conditions and
local forecast plus alerts. New models of these radios can be programmed to specific areas so that a person could only
receive local alerts if desired. NWR broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards including:
- Severe weather
- Environmental accidents such as chemical releases or oil spills
- Public safety issues such as a child abduction or 911 telephone outage
- Alerts are
targeted using Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) codes
- NOAA partners with emergency managers
and other public officials for an all-hazards alerting system
- NWR website: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr
NOAA iNWS Mobile Alerting is an interactive
function of the National Weather Service (NWS). This service allows a person to receive customized text message and
email alerts from the national Weather Service. Sign-up on-line: http://inws.ncep.noaa.gov/
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) is an emergency notification method sent
by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Alert types:
Ø Extreme weather, and other threatening emergencies in your area
Ø AMBER alerts
Presidential alerts during a national emergency
Alerts (WEA) service is offered for free by wireless carriers. The device must be WEA-capable, and it should
be noted that some older cell phones/devices are not. WEA messages do not count towards texting limits on wireless plans.
The number of messages depends on the number of imminent threats to life or property in the affected area. WEAs are
broadcast from area cell towers to mobile devices in the area. Every WEA-capable phone/device within range receives
the message. WEAs look like a test message and will show:
The type and time of the alert
Ø Any action you should take
Ø The agency issuing the alert
The message will be no more than 90 characters and will not disrupt test, calls, or data sessions that in progress.
Alerts are rebroadcast until the emergency situation has passed and is no longer a threat to those in the area.
WEAs are unique from text messages in that WEA delivery is immediate and not subject to wireless network congestion/delays
for voice or text messages. All wireless carriers WHO DO NOT PARTICIPATE are required to inform their customers of this
fact, so contact your carrier to see if they participate or not.
County "CodeRED" emergency notification system: You will be notified
by your local emergency response team in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts. Examples include:
evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, and missing child reports.
Everyone in the Norris community is encouraged to make
use of these available systems, and be prepared!