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How to Get Alerts of an Emergency

By Jeff and Amy Davis
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A cornerstone of being prepared for any type of disaster is being aware of what is going on around you. Since natural disasters can happen with little to no notice, it is important to do everything you can to stay informed. With today’s advancement in technology, it is easier than ever to get alerts about what is going on in your area.

Know What Natural Disasters Are In Your Area

When moving to a new state, we recommend finding out what natural disasters your area is prone to. To help, we have created an interactive map that’ll inform you of what natural disasters are in your area. We recommend customizing your 72-hour kits to different types of weather conditions that you may experience.

Ready Store Alert Map
Ready Store is committed to helping you get notifications for emergencies in your area. We've spent tons of time researching the best resources, feeds and social media accounts that you'll want to use.

Check out our US Alert Map and be sure to share it with friends.


Google Public Alerts
Google has always been a reliable source for information. With Google Public Alerts, not only do you have access to weather warnings but also current events going on around the world. The program is still growing and perfecting but it’s an awesome addition to preppers repertoire. The system also provides information on where emergency responders should go.

Google Public Alerts

A new feature for Google Maps, which launched Wednesday, allows you to quickly find emergency alerts in your town or around the world. Called Google Public Alerts, the new feature draws on weather, public safety, and earthquake alerts from federal agencies to supplement Google Map searches. (Read the article at PCWorld.)

There are also a number of other resources that preppers can use to be notified of alerts, disasters or coming storms. Public alerts like "tornado in Kansas" from US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and US Geological Survey (USGS) will also be available on Google maps.

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Messages

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) send authorized government messages right to your phone of any natural disasters going on in your area. Government partners include local and state public agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Weather Service (NWS).

Alerts You'll Receive:

  • Extreme weather warnings
  • Local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action
  • AMBER Alerts
  • Presidential Alerts during a national emergency
  • Tsunami warnings
  • Tornado and Flash Flood warnings
  • Hurricane, typhoon, dust storm and extreme wind warnings

National Weather Service
The National Weather Service (NWS) will bring you latest forecasts, weather conditions and real-time maps across the United States. Thunderstorms, lightning strikes, hurricanes, droughts, you name it. You can find it easily on this site.  The site also offers customized alerts based on the state you live in as well.

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS)
This is a great resource for international weather happenings. They notify you about earthquakes, tropical cyclones, and man-made emergencies that could spread internationally. They also have a Twitter account that they update regularly.

6 years ago
James Winters
11 years ago at 11:26 AM
Due to Googles new privacy policy I will not be using google at all. Their policy in my belief violates my privacy and as long as I own a computer I will not use them knowingly
Jill N
11 years ago at 7:15 AM
Another vote for no google for all the above mentioned reasons. If you need a search engine, Startpage is the most private option that I've found.
11 years ago at 11:41 AM is what we've used for almost 10 years.
Dave W.
11 years ago at 6:37 AM
Google is braking the law.And soon will be standing infront of 5 U.S. Supreme Court Judges. What they are doing is a FCC violation.
11 years ago at 8:51 PM
To Jill N. in regards to if you notice on the search homepage it says enhanced by Google.
9 years ago at 11:30 AM
Laura B. "You have no privacy on the internet, and probably never have."You got that almost rite, all except the word "probably." You have never had any privacy on the internet, and very little anywhere in this country for a lot longer than the internet has been around. Your credit cards track you and your perches. Your drivers license tracks you. Your phone, both cell and home, tracks you. Everything you buy, car, home, property, even the groceries you buy are tracked. Every bill you pay tracks you. The only way to not be tracked is to not have a birth certificate, a social security card, a credit/debit card, never own anything taxable and never pay for anything with anything but gold, silver, or barter. Even the government currency called the dollar has a # on it so it can be tracked. All the things I've listed were put in place for 1 reason, and that is to track. Privacy hasn't been a part of American life for over 100 yrs.
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6 years ago at 1:56 PM
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5 years ago at 4:41 AM
too funny. i have warned people since the 90's that google reads your hard drive. ALL of it.