What is NOAA?
NOAA is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It was created in 1970 under the Department of Commerce by combining some different bureaus and services, such as the U.S. Weather Bureau, the National Satellite Center, and the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries. The NOAA web page can be found at http://www.noaa.gov/.
What is NWR?
NOAA Weather Radio (or NWR) is a public service provided by NOAA as an "all hazards" radio network. In addition to broadcasting weather alerts, NWR also sends non-weather alerts for both natural and man-made hazards. The National Weather Radio service web page can be found at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/.
What is EAS?
Emergency Alert System (or EAS) sends alerts for imminent life- and property-threatening hazards that are broadcasted with the S.A.M.E. signal and the 1050 Hz warning alarm tone, to indicate cases in which the public has to take immediate action to protect themselves and their property.
What are S.A.M.E County Codes?
NOAA transmits the coded emergency signals using a technique called Specific Area Message Encoding (S.A.M.E.). Halo+ is designed to receive these S.A.M.E. county code transmissions. The National Weather service divides the United States by states and counties and assigns a six-digit code number called a Federal Information Processing System code, also known as an S.A.M.E. county code. This will eliminate any alerts that are not within your area of interest. Halo+ can determine your S.A.M.E. county code when you set up your home inside the Halo app and add your home location.
What Weather Alerts can I subscribe to?
|Weather-Related Events||Non-Weather-Related Events|
|Blizzard Warning||State and Local Codes-Optional|
|Coastal Flood Watch||Avalanche Watch|
|Coastal Flood Warning||Avalanche Warning|
|Dust Storm Warning||Child Abduction Emergency|
|Extreme Wind Warning||Civil Danger Warning|
|Extreme Wind Warning||Civil Emergency Message|
|Flash Flood Watch||Earthquake Warning|
|Flash Flood Warning||Evacuation Immediate|
|Flash Flood Statement||Fire Warning|
|Flood Watch||Hazardous Materials Warning|
|Flood Warning||Law Enforcement Warning|
|Flood Statement||Local Area Emergency|
|High Wind Watch||911 Telephone Outage Emergency|
|High Wind Warning||Nuclear Power Plant Warning|
|Hurricane Watch||Radiological Hazard Warning|
|Hurricane Warning||Shelter in Place Warning|
|Hurricane Statement||Volcano Warning|
|Severe Thunderstorm Watch|
|Severe Thunderstorm Warning||Administrative Events|
|Severe Weather Statement||Administrative Message|
|Special Marine Warning||Practice/Demo Warning|
|Special Weather Statement||Required Monthly Test|
|Storm Surge Watch||Required Weekly Test|
|Storm Surge Warning|
|Tropical Storm Watch|
|Tropical Storm Warning|
|Winter Storm Watch|
|Winter Storm Warning|
What's a Warning?
A WARNING is an event that alone poses a significant threat to public safety and property, the probability of occurrence and location is high, and the onset time is relatively short.
What's a Watch?
A WATCH meets the classification of a warning, but either the onset time, probability of occurrence, or location is uncertain.
What's an emergency?
An EMERGENCY is an event that, by itself, would not kill or injure or do property damage, but indirectly may cause other things to happen that result in a hazard. For example, a major power or telephone loss in a large city alone is not a direct hazard, but disruption to other critical services could create a variety of conditions that could directly threaten public safety.
What's a Statement?
A STATEMENT is a message containing follow-up information to a warning, watch, or emergency.
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