SYSTEM: National Warning System (NAWAS)

REFERENCE: WSOM Chapter C-66, Section 2.4

ISSUED BY: All Warning Offices

PURPOSE: The National Warning System (NAWAS) is a comprehensive party line network of telephone circuits connecting state and Federal warning points throughout the United States. It is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). Although NAWAS is a national system, the day-to-day operation is under the control of individual states. Each state has its own plan for the use of NAWAS during weather emergencies. NWS offices should use this circuit only in accordance with individual state plans. Normally, all warnings and watches will be disseminated on the appropriate NAWAS by the issuing office.

CHANGES: In 1996, a NAWAS upgrade was begun to reflect advanced technology (new control circuits, handsets, etc.). Due to budget restraints, NAWAS drops are kept to an absolute minimum. In Florida, state officials switched to satellite emergency notification system (Florida Emergency Satellite Communications System -- ESATCOM).

COMMENTS: Questions about NAWAS may be addressed to SRH MSD. Orders to install or disconnect NAWAS circuits are handled by SRH SOD after coordination with MSD.

CONTACT: Tim Troutman, W/SR11x3
NWR Dissemination Meteorologist
(817) 978-1100 Ext. 108

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Last updated September 14, 2000
Dianna Taylor