Public Alerting

This information has been provided for your use in the event of an emergency requiring public notification and possible public response.  Please take a few moments to review it.

How will you be notified?

If there is an emergency requiring public notification, you will be alerted by one or more of the following warning signals:

Weather-alert radio sounding a tone followed by an emergency message.

The loud, steady tone of emergency sirens, lasting 3 to 5 minutes.  For more information on the town sirens, click here.

Special announcements on local Emergency Alert System radio stations (see below).

Autodialed contact via Rapid Emergency Notification Telephone System. If your phone number is unlisted or if your primary phone is a cellular phone, click here for more information.

Broadcasts from loudspeakers on emergency vehicles, known as “route alerting.”

Emergency Alert System (EAS)

Sirens and other warning signals are intended to alert you to tune in a local Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio station for information and instructions. The EAS is a direct link between you and public safety officials. Emergency information and instructions will be provided as needed at any hour, day or night, and will advise you of any actions that may be recommended for your protection and safety.

Follow the instructions carefully, and DO NOT evacuate unless directed to do so.

When you receive an alert, immediately tune your radio to one of the EAS Stations in your state. In New Hampshire, these stations are:

WKBK            Keene              1290 AM

WKNE            Keene             103.7 FM

WZBK             Keene             1220 AM

WOQL             Keene             98.7 FM

WYRY             Keene             104.9 FM

You may also find NH EAS messages on Vermont* stations:
WKVT            Brattleboro      1490 AM
WTSA             Brattleboro      96.7 FM / 1450 AM
* Always follow the instructions for NH residents.

Public Information

Your OEM team has established contacts and procedures for disseminating information through local media outlets. Information may also be posted at central and high-traffic locations, such as the town offices, post offices and transfer station.

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