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Posted: May 09, 2015

MISSOULA, Montana - Alerts to dangerous weather can keep you out of trouble, unfortunately, people who are deaf or hard of hearing may have trouble receiving audible weather alerts.

The National Weather Service has recognized this as a problem and is trying to educate the community on alternatives to audible alerts.

NWS holds at least two meetings a year like the one Friday to answer questions, and demonstrate other tools like mobile apps that can make these alerts available for everybody.

Read more . . . Watch Captioned Video NWS

Click here to see NOAA Wether Radio (NWR) information for Deaf and Hard of Hearing.





Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) can be received on cell phones across the country. These alerts are automatic, provide AMBER alerts, and weather emergency notifications. Unlike text alerts you may receive from your city, county, or institution, you do not have to sign-up to receive WEA messages.

Georgia Tech’s Center for Advanced Communications Policy is interested in your level of awareness of WEA messages. This survey will also help us understand how accessible and useful you think they are.  Your responses will be used to craft recommendations for improving the system that sends WEA messages and the mobile/cell phones that receive WEA messages.

This research is being funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology Directorate. The Research team’s goals are to (1) ensure the same timely and effective access to alerts and warnings for people with disabilities and (2) improve understanding of public response to mobile alerts and warnings.  The survey is open to both people with and without disabilities.  We encourage you take the survey yourself and share it with friends, family and colleagues so they too can provide their responses.

Start the Wireless Emergency Alert Survey!


As an incentive for taking our 2015 WEA survey you will have a chance to win one of two $100 Amazon gift cards!

If you wish to take the survey over the phone, please email Salimah LaForce or call her at 404-894-8297.



Advocacy Alert -

Come to the Rally To Celebrate Legislation Supporting a Department of Defense Demonstration Program For the Accession to Active Duty of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals

September 12, 2014 Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Assembling at Lafayette Park at the northern lawn of the White House

Directions and Route of Rally

Rally Information




Fairfax County’s new and improved emergency alert system, Fairfax Alerts, goes live on June 19, 2014 and fxalerts-logo-sloganreplaces the Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN).  Fairfax Alerts will provide you with important information during an emergency, and allows you to choose up to 10 delivery methods for alerts like home phone, cell phone, email, and text messages.  You can also receive alerts for up to five locations like home, work, school and more. Users can customize the types of weather, traffic and public safety alerts they wish to receive and even create a “do not disturb” timeframe when they don’t want to receive alerts.


Learn more.