Heat Wave Continues Across Eastern U.S.

A heat wave continues across the eastern U.S., with highs Wednesday expected to reach the 90s across much of the eastern third of the country. Combined with humidity, this will create heat index values of 100F or higher. Meanwhile, temperatures will remain below normal across parts of the southwestern U.S. where heavy rain is possible. Read More…

……… this notification service will be discontinued effective July 31, 2013.

 Earlier in the year, it was announced that GovDelivery would continue providing this weather alerts after the National Weather Service discontinued the service.

 Due to the substantial costs of providing a messaging service at this scale with high reliability, GovDelivery cannot continue the free service.

 We invite you to visit http://www.weather.gov/subscribe to sign up for other weather alerting services.

 Please contact http://www.weather.gov/contact with any questions about weather information from the National Weather Service.

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Email and SMS Weather Alert Services

Weather.gov > Email and SMS Weather Alert Services

The National Weather Service provides alert and warning information through official dissemination sources including NOAA Weather Radio, NWS Weather Wire Service, and Weather.gov to the public, and the iNWS service for emergency managers and other core partners. Please see the Service Change Notice issued November 8, 2012 for information on the discontinuation of Email and SMS alerts direct from the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service does not provide direct email/SMS alerts to the general public.  The listing, below, are the third party sources for delivery of email and SMS weather alerts of which we are aware at the present time. To request an additional service listing, please contact nws.subscribe@noaa.gov.  Note:  This email address is not for subscribing to NWS alerts. The information below provides sources of alerting services for the general public.  If you are a member of the emergency management community, government partner of an NWS office, or member of the electronic media who needs direct interation with NWS, iNWS may meet your requirements.

DISCLAIMER: Inclusion of non-NWS services in the table, below, does not imply endorsement by the National Weather Service (NWS). These are providers of weather alerts and warnings. Information presented is believed to be correct at time of posting. Any fee or payment required is the responsibility of the consumer. There is no fee related to NWS warnings outside nominal carrier charges for data, texting, and internet use per the consumer’s telecommunication or internet plan. Additional fees may be charged by alert providers based on consumer selections. NWS is not responsible for any charges, data timeliness or accuracy from listed or other weather alert and warning providers and recommends multiple sources of information to validate the information that is received.

NOTE:  Unless otherwise indicated, all links below take you outside this federal government website.  You way wish to review the privacy notices on these sites as their practices may differ from ours.

General Information


ACEMWIN-HURR-L Hurricane Bulletins Listgroup

Alachua County Skywarn maintains a listserv to provide email alerts of hurricane/tropical storm information for the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico regions. Information is generated at the National Hurricane Center.




AccuWeather.com provides free email forecast and severe weather alerts.

E-mail free


ALERT FM is an aggregator of State and Local emergency information with multiple contact paths for mass notification. Emergency information is delivered via the data subcarrier of existing FM radio stations, SMS (text) and email. This personal alert and messaging system allows emergency management officials to create and send digital alerts and messages to recipients such as first responders, school officials, businesses, and citizens based on geographic or organizational groupings. Such alerts and messages might include NOAA weather warnings, evacuation instructions, homeland security notices, Amber Alerts, or school closings.

E-mail and commercial receivers

Buy receiver


AudioNow™ lets broadcasters reach over 300 million cell phone users at no incremental cost through our proprietary patent pending technology.  Users can now listen to your broadcasts on any phone. No expensive phones or data plans necessary!”  AudioNow provides mobile streaming to any mobile device.

Listeners can access the latest local National Weather Service forecast by calling any of the numbers below.  This is a beta service which is only provided in the Washington DC metro area at this time.

Washington, DC area - 202-349-0185; Manassas, VA area - 703-652-1210; Baltimore, MD - 410-500-4450; Fredericksburg, VA area - 540-322-4035

E-mail and telephone (broadcaster pays for service)


Receive Public Advisories from the National Hurricane Center as they are issued, PLUS detailed maps of the forecast track, wind bands and wind field for each named storm.  Choose to receive alerts from one or more of 5 regions in the Atlantic or Gulf of Mexico.



Call Loop

Call Loop - makes it easy for schools, organizations, and local government agencies to send emergency alerts via mass text messages and audio voice broadcasts. Lets users sign up to receive local weather alerts and updates sent directly to their mobile phone. Weather Alerts – Just text in WEATHER to 38470. Source of data–NWS.

Mobile device

Free to receive text alerts

Early Alert

Our professional Emergency Management team, together with our Meteorology (MET) team, have designed a suite of electronic reports which can be deployed to your management personnel, emergency management teams, and staff at all levels to notify them of impending, hazardous events, natural or man-made. Real-time weather and other extreme hazard alerts via email, text message, IM, voice, or website posting, to include individuals and/or groups.  Click here to sign up for email tropical cyclone bulletins:  http://www.earlyalert.com/users/clientregistration.php

Email and mobile device

Free and Premium fee base

Emergency Email

FREE Emergency Notification of Breaking Weather Alerts Health, Homeland & Cyber Info sent to your email & wireless device.

E-mail and mobile device free

FEMA’s CMAS/Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)

Free alerts to all mobile devices for most urgent threats (including weather)

Cell alert message Free

FTPMAIL from National Weather Service  (This is a link to a National Weather Service webpage)

This National Weather Service (NWS) FTPMAIL server is intended to allow Internet access for users who do not have direct access to the World Wide Web but who are equipped with an e-mail system. The service is free and no signup is required. Using FTPMAIL, users can request files from NWS and have them automatically e-mailed back to them. Note: This service does not provide automated alerts–user request is required to receive products.





Designed, managed, and run by meteorologists, iAlert.com delivers real-time severe weather and emergency alerts by text message and email for any U.S. City for free.


iMAP WeatherRadio

WDT’s iMap services provide dynamic interactive and mobile weather mapping solutions for the world’s leading local media and Internet companies. WDT is a global leader in providing state-of-the-science weather detection, nowcasting, and forecasting systems.

Mobile alerts  (iPod & iPad) $


Weather alerts on the desktop. (Intellicast is part of the Weather Channel Group)

Computer Free

Mobile Phone Apps

Weather apps in iPhone store: ~250 Weather apps in Android store:  ~600

Free / $


MyWARN is a simple, easy to use service that uses location services to notify user about severe weather watches and warnings when they are inside a storm based warning or county watch.

Mobile devices $12.99

News media and local government

Many news media outlets and local government offer free email or text alerting that you can sign up for. For example, most major TV news stations and newspapers in DC area provide a free service for text/email weather alerts.

Text, e-mail free

Pacific Disaster Center Disaster Alert App

Disaster Alert is a mobile multi-hazard monitoring application created for iOS and Android™ users. By accessing the DisasterAWARE platform, it provides users with near real-time access to data on active hazards globally—showing events that are designated potentially hazardous to people, property, or assets.

Mobile app



Let ProAlert.us Emergency Alert services turn your cell phone into something more useful. Receive timely and perhaps life saving weather related watches and warnings on your cellphone, Blackberry or in your regular email.

ProAlert.us offers subscription based alerts sent to your regular email inbox or text ready cell phone or pager.

Email, text $


Saildocs is an email-based document-retrieval system for the delivery of text-based Internet documents either on request or by subscription. Saildocs can deliver web pages (including text weather forecasts, and provides subscriptions for automatic delivery.  Saildocs offers text-based document retrieval and subscription services for offshore sailors, adventurers, missionaries and others who must somehow live their lives without 56k-baud modems or DSL connections. There are currently two services offered, a document retrieval service which will return documents from the Internet or our own files, and a subscription service which will send Internet documents (for example weather reports) at scheduled intervals.



Simple Weather Alert

Weather alerts for Twitter and more.  Public Twitter accounts are free for personal use.  Custom Twitter accounts created for a fee. Alert messages are formatted for easy reading on mobile devices.  See samples here: https://twitter.com/SimpleWeather4U/simple-weather-alert  .  Tweets can be configured to be sent to SMS.  Alerts can be displayed on your website using Twitter widgets.  Custom alert delivery systems available.

Twitter / SMS / Mobile web / Custom

SMS Tsunami Warning

Free email and SMS alerts

Email, SMS/text Free

Storm Shield Severe Weather App

The Storm Shield Severe Weather App turns your iPhone or Android into an emergency weather radio. Get storm-based alerts for life-threatening weather events via voice and push notifications. Users can program the app to receive alerts for up to five locations.

Text and audio alerts $


StormWatch+ provides push notifications for a variety of weather hazards to your iPhone/iPad. Combining storm-based warnings issued by the NWS and your precise GPS-derived location, StormWatch+ will send instant alerts of impending hazardous weather, but only if the locations you define are directly threatened. StormWatch+ alerts can be customized by the user and include “wake-me-up” audio for the most severe storms. Local forecast, radar, and severe weather safety tips provided free of charge.

Mobile alerts (iOS)



Thunder Eagle® designs and manufactures state-of-the-art weather radio and communications systems to receive weather alerts and live weather information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) System.

Computer and e-mail

Buy receiver or software

Tornado by American Red Cross

Provides alerts of NWS Tornado watches/warnings and severe thunderstorm watches/warnings.  Educates the user about severe weather safety.

text and audio alerts/ free

Tsunami Alarm System

In case of a Tsunami risk, all registered users will receive information about the region, risk level, affected areas, measures to be taken and all-clear signals.

SMS/text to mobile phone $


Personally monitor NWS Twitter messages (e.g., @NHC_Atlantic and @NHC_Pacific for hurricane information; @NWS_WCATWC  for tsunami information) or use a commercial service for monitoring NWS Twitter activity. See http://ow.ly/f8slJ for instructions on how to turn on SMS notifications of Twitter posts.


self-monitoring – free

commercial service-variable $

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign email Listserv

This Listserv lets you subscribe to receive automated emails with NHC products for either the Atlantic/Caribbean or Pacific basin hurricanes.

To subscribe via web interface:

WX-ATLAN – NHC Atlantic and Gulf/Caribbean Tropical Storm and Hurricane Weather Products

WX-TROPL – Pacific Basin/rest of globe

To subscribe via email:

WX-ATLAN – NHC Atlantic and Gulf/Caribbean Tropical Storm and Hurricane Weather Products

WX-TROPL – Pacific Basin/rest of globe




WeatherBug offers a free desktop application showing live local current conditions and severe weather alerts right in their system tray.

Computer and e-mail Free


WeatherCall delivers site-specific, rapid notifications of official National Weather Service severe weather warnings to any type of phone, SMS text, or email address, 24 hours a day.

Email, text, phone call $


weatherTAP.com provides National Weather Service severe weather alerts (warnings for tornados, flood, and thunderstorms) to users by text message or email.

Email, text


The Weather Channel

Email alerts are free. Although The Weather Channel does not charge for text message alerts, message and data rates may apply from your mobile phone company.

Free mobile and e-mail alerts at https://registration.weather.com/ursa/alerts/step1 and http://www.weather.com/mobile/.

Free desktop alerts at http://www.weather.com/services/desktop.html and http://www.weather.com/services/twcalerts.html.

E-mail and mobile device Free

Weather HD

Weather HD is a mobile app that sends Alert Push Notifications to your iPhone/iPad/Mac device. A free version is available.

iPhone, iPad Free and $

Weather Underground

Streaming NWR Audio at http://www.wunderground.com/wxradio/index.html.  Various weather related applications at http://www.wunderground.com/download/index.asp .


Weather USA

WeatherUSA provides a free, real-time weather alert service which sends out weather warnings, watches, and hurricane information as soon as they are issued by federal agencies (such as the National Weather Service). Alerts are sent to subscribers in the warned areas via text messages (SMS) and e-mail. Premium users can also receive alerts via voice (phone) call.

E-mail, mobile devices and via telephone

Free or $

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