Alert & Warning Notifications

Alert and warning notifications are distributed through any of the following platforms:

  • Local emergency alerts: see the list below to find your city’s or county’s system and to sign up.
  • Emergency Alert System (EAS): radio, TV and cable stations voluntarily participate in State and local alert messages
  • Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA): distributed to cell phones in a targeted geographic area.
  • National Weather Service: alerts are broadcast through EAS and are sent to NOAA weather radios.

Local emergency alerts:

For more information on Washington State emergency notification plans, visit https://mil.wa.gov/plans, and for more information on the EAS plan, visit https://mil.wa.gov/emergency-alert-system-eas-state-plan

    Tsunami Alerts

    The U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center issues tsunami information for the continental U.S. and Canada. They have a Twitter account where they post official notices at https://twitter.com/NWS_NTWC. You can follow their account on Twitter. To receive notifications when a tweet from @NWS_NTWC is sent, you must choose to be notified within the Twitter app on your mobile device and/or through the twitter.com website. For instructions on how to set up tweet notifications (also known as “push” notifications) to your device, check out this help menu.

    The United States’ National Weather Service provides InteractiveNWS (iNWS), an application suite able to send NWS products to local partners in multiple ways, including as emails and texts. Visit https://inws.ncep.noaa.gov/ to learn more or to sign up for the service. Once your registration has been accepted you can go onto the site and set up text alerts by county/parish, lat/long, or street address. You can also draw a polygon on the map provided to set up a custom alerting area.

    Federal sources

    Local emergency management news sources

    Washington Emergency Management Division maintains a Facebook Page, a Nextdoor Account and a Twitter Account. For local information, consult with local sheriff and county emergency management services.