of flood warnings

This is in response to the debate over flood notification following the flood damage in Hallowell last weekend.

The National Weather Service provides various ways for both the public and emergency managers to stay informed. The best advice is to have redundant systems in place in case one fails.

One of the best ways for the public and business owners to stay informed of any warnings is with a SAME-alert NOAA Weather Radio. These are relatively inexpensive and will automatically and immediately sound an alert when a warning is issued for the designated area.

In addition to the NOAA Weather Radio, emergency managers (though not the public) are eligible to sign up for INWS, which is a mobile alerting system. It sends out an immediate alert when a warning is issued via texts and emails and can be customized to the needs of the user.

John Jensenius

warning coordination meteorologist

National Weather Service

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