Day 1 of Severe Weather Preparedness Week: Receiving Weather Information

In combination with having a plan, the first day of Severe Weather Preparedness Week also discusses how to receive weather information. We at the MCESDA want to make sure that you know the best ways for you to receive important weather information no matter where you are!

We cannot alert you if we cannot reach you. Sign up for additional alerts like the McDonough Alert System to ensure that you and your family are more prepared and subsequently safer from hazardous events. You should always have three ways to receive an alert in case of alerts failing to send or failing to be received.  

  • Enroll in the McDonough Alert System –
    • Provides a variety of alerts including public safety alerts, inclement weather alerts, police notifications, emergency preparedness drills, and more for no cost to you. 
    • Customizable with the ability to add up to five addresses, you can pick which alerts you receive, and you can create a do not disturb timeframe. 
    • Can be delivered to cell phones, home phones, emails, text messages, and more
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts
    • WEA messages are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities that are automatically sent to WEA-capable phones. 
    • WEA messages have a special tone and vibration to distinguish from regular text message
    • No downloads or subscriptions necessary!
  • NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards
    • Make warnings and watches accessible to hard of hearing, blind, non-English speaking, and disabled communities, as well as people who are on the go. 
    • Use loud tones, symbols, different colors and displays, and three different language capabilities to ensure accessibility. Available to program in English, Spanish, and French. 

    • Can be used in vehicles and outside. 
    • Can be purchased for $35 at Walmart and Amazon
  • Outdoor Sirens
    • Outdoor sirens are designed to be a warning method for those who are outdoors, so do not rely on them for indoor notifications. Click here to see the locations of all outdoor sirens in McDonough County.
  • Emergency Alert System (EAS)
    • These alerts are available on radio broadcasters, television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio, and television providers and will interrupt radio and television. These alerts will not work if you are streaming television (Netflix, Hulu, etc.)
  • The National Weather Service
    • Watching the weather channel or your preferred news channel will also keep you up to date on weather updates, watches, and warnings.