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The NWS would like your feedback! We’re soliciting comments about our future ability to issue wireless emergency alerts (WEAs) using 360 character messages. The current messages are much shorter. These longer messages will allow the NWS to provide more actionable information to people within an area warned for a life-threatening hazard.

Here is the Public Information Statement soliciting your comments and the proposed longer messages below for the hazards the NWS currently alerts WEA. Please send your feedback to Tropical.Program@noaa.gov before December 31, 2018.

What in the WEA?

 

Dust Storm Warning

Current Short Message: Dust Storm Warning til 10:55PM PDT. Remember, Pull Aside, Stay Alive -NWS

  • Proposed Short Message:  NWS: Dust Storm Warning til 10:55PM PDT. Remember, Pull Aside, Stay Alive
  • Proposed Spanish Short Message:  SNM: Aviso de Tormenta de Arena hasta las 10:55PM PDT. Recuerde, Apártese a un lado. Cuide su vida
  • Proposed 360 Character Message:  National Weather Service: Dust Storm Warning for your area until 11:15AM MST. Be ready for a sudden drop to zero visibility. When visibility drops, pull far off the road and put your vehicle in park. Turn the lights off and keep your foot off the brake pedal. Pull Aside, Stay Alive
  • Proposed Spanish 360 Character Message:  Servicio Nacional de Meteorología: Aviso de Tormenta de Arena hasta las 11:15AM MST. Esté alerta para una disminución repentina de la visibilidad a cero. Cuando la visibilidad disminuya, aléjese de la carretera y coloque su vehículo en un estacionamiento. Apague las luces y mantenga su pie fuera del pedal de freno. Apártese a un lado. Cuide su vida

Extreme Wind Warning

Current Short Message: Extreme Wind Warning this area til 11:35AM EDT MON. Take shelter. –NWS

  • Proposed Short Message:  NWS: Extreme Wind Warning this area til 11:35 PM EDT. Take shelter now.
  • Proposed Spanish Short Message: SNM: Un Aviso de Vientos Extremos está en efecto para su área hasta las 11:35PM EDT. Busque refugio ahora.
  • Proposed 360 Character Message:  National Weather Service: An Extreme Wind Warning is in effect for your area for the immediate danger of life-threatening winds til 11:35PM EDT. Take cover now in an interior room of a sturdy building, away from windows. Cover and protect your head from flying debris. Do NOT go out in the calm of the hurricane eye.
  • Proposed Spanish 360 Character Message: Servicio Nacional de Meteorología: Un Aviso de Vientos Extremos está en efecto para su área debido al peligro inmediato de vientos que amenazan la vida hasta las 11:35PM EDT. Protéjase en el interior de un cuarto o de un edificio estable, alejado de las ventanas. Cubra y proteja su cabeza de proyectiles. NO salga durante la calma del ojo del huracán.

Flash Flood Warning

Current Short Message: Flash Flood Warning this area til 6:55AM MST. Avoid flooded areas. -NWS

  • Proposed Short Message:  NWS: Flash Flood Warning this area til 11:00AM CST. Avoid flooded areas.
  • Proposed Spanish Short Message:  SNM: Aviso de Inundaciones Repentinas hasta las 11:00AM CST. Evite áreas y carreteras inundadas.
  • Proposed 360 Character Message:  National Weather Service: A flash flood warning is in effect for your area. This is a dangerous and life-threatening situation. Do not attempt to travel unless you are fleeing an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order. This message expires at 6:00AM EDT.
  • Proposed Spanish 360 Character Message:  Servicio Nacional de Meteorología: Un aviso de inundaciones repentinas está en efecto para su área. Esta es una situación peligrosa y amenaza la vida. No intente viajar a menos que esté abandonando un área propensa a inundaciones o bajo una orden de desalojo. Este mensaje expira a las 6:00AM EDT.

Hurricane/Typhoon Warning

Current Short Message: Hurricane {Typhoon} Warning this area. Check local media and authorities. -NWS

  • Proposed Short Message:  NWS: Hurricane {Typhoon} Warning this area. Check local media and authorities.
  • Proposed Spanish Short Message: SNM: Una Advertencia de Huracán {Tifón} está en efecto para su área. Manténgase en sintonía con los medios informativos y las autoridades locales.
  • Proposed 360 Character Message:  National Weather Service: A Hurricane {Typhoon} Warning is in effect for your area for dangerous and damaging winds. This warning is issued up to 36 hours before hazardous conditions begin. Urgently complete efforts to protect life and property. Ensure you have food, water, cash, fuel, and medications for 3+ days. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS OF LOCAL OFFICIALS.
  • Proposed Spanish 360 Character Message: Servicio Nacional de Meteorología: Aviso de Huracán en efecto por vientos peligrosos. Este aviso se emite 36 horas antes del comienzo de  condiciones peligrosas. Complete urgentemente esfuerzos para proteger vida  y propiedad. Procure tener alimentos, agua, efectivo, combustible y medicamentos para 3+ días. SIGA LAS INSTRUCCIONES DE LOS OFICIALES LOCALES.

Storm Surge Warning

Current Short Message: NWS: Life-threatening storm surge danger. Check for possible evacuation orders.

  • Proposed Short Message:  NWS: Life-threatening storm surge danger. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS OF LOCAL OFFICIALS.
  • Proposed Spanish Short Message: SNM: Existe un peligro de marejada ciclónica que amenaza la vida. SIGA LAS INSTRUCCIONES DE LOS OFICIALES LOCALES.
  • Proposed 360 Character Message:  National Weather Service: A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for your area for the danger of life-threatening flooding. This warning is issued up to 36 hours before hazardous conditions begin. Urgently complete efforts to protect life and property. Follow evacuation orders if given for your area to avoid drowning or being cut off from emergency services.
  • Proposed Spanish 360 Character Message: Servicio Nacional de Meteorología: Aviso de Marejada Ciclónica en efecto por peligro de inundaciones amenazantes a vida. Esto se emite hasta 36H previo al comienzo de condiciones peligrosas. Complete urgentemente los esfuerzos para proteger la vida y propiedad. Siga órdenes de desalojo, si aplica, para evitar ahogamiento o aislarse de servicios de emergencia.

Tornado Warning

Current Short Message: Tornado Warning in this area 12:55PM CDT. Take shelter now. Check local media. –NWS

  • Proposed Short Message: NWS: Tornado Warning in your area til 12:15PM CST. Take shelter now. Check local media.
  • Proposed Spanish Short Message: SNM: Aviso de Tornado para su área hasta las 12:15PM CST. Busque refugio ahora. Consulte los medios informativos locales.
  • Proposed 360 Character Message: National Weather Service: Tornado Warning in your area until 12:15PM CST. Take shelter now in a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. Check local media.
  • Proposed Spanish 360 Character Message:  Servicio Nacional de Meteorología: Aviso de Tornado para su área hasta las 12:15PM CST. Busque refugio ahora en un sótano o en el interior de un cuarto en el nivel más bajo de un edificio seguro. Si está al aire libre, en una casa móvil, o en un vehículo, debe ir a un edificio seguro más cercano y protéjase de proyectiles. Consulte los medios informativos.

Tornado Warning (Emergency)

Current Short Message: Tornado EMERGENCY til 12:55PM CDT. Tornado spotted in this area. Find shelter now! -NWS

  • Proposed Short Message: NWS: TORNADO EMERGENCY til 10:45 PM MDT. Tornado spotted in your area. Take shelter now!
  • Proposed Spanish Short Message: SNM: EMERGENCIA DE TORNADO hasta las 10:45 PM MDT.  Un tornado ha sido detectado en su área. ¡Busque refugio ahora!
  • Proposed 360 Character Message: National Weather Service: TORNADO EMERGENCY until 10:45 PM MDT. Tornado spotted in your area. This is a life-threatening situation. Take shelter now in a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.
  • Proposed Spanish 360 Character Message:  SNM: EMERGENCIA DE TORNADO hasta las hh:mm:tzT. Tornado detectado en su área. Esto es una situación que amenazala vida. Busque refugio ahora en un sótano o en el interior de un cuarto en el nivel más bajo de un edificio seguro. Si está al aire libre, en una casa móvil, o en un vehículo, muévase a un edificio seguro más cercano y protéjase de proyectiles.

Tsunami Warning

Current Short Message: Tsunami danger on the coast.  Go to high ground or move inland. Listen to local news. –NWS

  • Proposed Short Message:  NWS: Tsunami danger on the coast. Go to high ground or move inland. Listen to local news.
  • Proposed Spanish Short Message: SNM: Peligro de tsunami. Vaya a un lugar alto o tierra adentro. Atento noticias locales.
  • Proposed 360 Character Message:  The National Weather Service has issued a tsunami warning. A series of powerful waves and strong currents may impact coasts near you. You are in danger. Get away from coastal waters. Move to high ground or inland now. Keep away from the coast until local officials say it is safe to return. Check local media for more information after you are safe.
  • Proposed Spanish 360 Character Message: El Servicio Nacional de Meteorología ha emitido un aviso de tsunami. Olas y corrientes fuertes pueden afectar costas cercanas. Está en peligro. Aléjese de aguas costeras. Muévase ahora a un lugar alto o tierra adentro. Manténgase alejado hasta que las autoridades locales indiquen que es seguro regresar. Verifique información oficial una vez esté seguro.