Test didn’t activate entire tornado warning system

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a simulated tornado warning this morning for the entire state of Indiana, but not all communication channels activated.

In an earlier blog post, I advised readers that if they don’t receive the test warnings today (another one is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. EDT), that could be an indication that they’d miss a real tornado warning at the same time of day.

This turns out not to be the case!

I apparently misunderstood information from the NWS and incorrectly believed that today’s test tornado warnings would activate the entire warning system, including Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), smartphone apps, text message systems, etc.

The morning test, however, apparently activated only NOAA Weather Radios and the Emergency Alert System (local broadcast radio and TV). The morning test did not trigger WEA or other warning systems.

So, if you didn’t receive the test this morning, it might be because you have inadequate access to warning information, or the incomplete nature of the test might be the only reason.


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