Stay informed throughout Hurricane Season: know how to receive warnings and alerts, and critical information before and during a storm. Sources of emergency information include:
- Traditional news media
- Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages via radio and television.
- “CodeRED” emergency telephone notification system. (Emergency message callouts to land-line telephones. Residents may “opt-in” if they use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary telephone)
- MEMA’s Massachusetts Alerts – free smartphone application that delivers critical information, including severe weather. To learn more and download the free app (called Ping4Alerts!) onto your smartphone, visit: www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.
- Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) for newer WEA-capable cellular devices.
- All Hazards National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio.
In addition to being informed of the types of disasters that could occur, staying informed leading up to and during an emergency is also critical. While many events have little to no notice, hurricanes, blizzards and other weather events do have some advance notice. Be aware of severe weather watches and warnings and understand what they mean. By being alerted of these severe weather warnings, you can take necessary protective actions to keep you and your family safe.