Action Notification Network


Home Frequencies Resources Chatroom Discussion Weather Live Scanner Action Notification Subscribers of ANN can select one or more of the following notification events that they wish to be alerted to.

Airport Alert 1 - Standby at Station - An aircraft is in contact with the control tower and has made the controller aware of a possible emergency situation.  Airport emergency personnel are put on a Standby Alert.

Airport Alert 2 - Aircraft in Trouble - An aircraft is in contact with the control tower and has declared an emergency.  Airport emergency personnel are put on full alert.

Airport Alert 3 - Aircraft Down - An aircraft that had been in contact with the air traffic control tower has crashed.  Also see Plane Crash.

Car Chase - Police are involved in a vehicle pursuit.

EAS - Emergency Alert System is used by the Federal Emergency Management Administration to make use the mass media for notifying citizens of an emergency situation.  This is a replacement to the Emergency Broadcast System, EBS. 

Evacuation - Evacuation of an area has been implemented.  This may be the result of a chemical leak, flooding, gas leak, etc.

Fire - Structure fire or possibly a vehicle fire.

Fire, Multi Alarm - A fire that requires that additional apparatus be brought to the scene. 

Flash Flood Warning - A flash flood warning has been issued by the National Weather Service.  Conditions for a flash flood currently exist.

Flash Flood Watch - A flash flood watch has been issued by the National Weather Service.  Conditions for a flash flood are predicted.

HAZMAT - Hazardous Materials response.  The Fire Department's HAZMAT team and vehicle are responding.  

Major Accident - Accidents occur frequently.  Accidents of a more severe nature are dispatched.  Examples would include roll-over car accidents, vehicle accidents that require the closing of a major roadway, accidents that involve a fatality, or serious accidents involving special vehicles like 18-wheelers.  Industrial accidents are now covered under this classification.  Accidents involving trains are dispatched under the Train Derailment category.

MARS/CAP - Military Affiliated Radio Service and the Civil Air Patrol are military auxiliary services.  ANN can be used to notify members of these organizations of an activation.  For example, if the Civil Air Patrol was requested to help search for a downed aircraft, then a dispatch would be sent.

Miscellaneous - Sometimes an event just doesn't fit into any category.  If it deserves being dispatched, then it is placed in this category.  If the situation is more of an urgent situation it will be dispatched under the Special category.

Missing Child - Police have requested the public's assistance in located a missing child.  A description of the child and reporting instructions will be dispatched.

National Event - An event of importance on a national level has occurred.

Officer Down/Assist - A police officer has a dire emergency and has requested immediate assistance.  An emergency button on a radio has been pressed and an actual emergency situation is likely to exist.

Plane Crash - An aircraft has crashed away from an airport.  The pilot had little or no contact with an air traffic controller prior to the accident.  See also Airport Alerts.

RACES/ARES - The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service are organizations in which Amateur Radio Operators, Hams, assist with emergency communications.  ANN is used to alert these groups when they are activated.

Rescue - A rescue event is in progress.

Search - An "At Large" suspect of a serious crime is believed to be in the area.  An active search is underway for that person.

Shooting - A shooting has occurred.

Skywarn - Skywarn is a group of weather spotters that assist the National Weather Service.  They use amateur radio to communicate with one another.  Skywarn activations are dispatched using ANN.

Special - Used to alert users to special situations.  Warnings from the National Weather Service that do not already have a category, such as, Winter Storm Warnings, are dispatched.  This category is also used for more urgent special situations.  Situation of a reduced urgency are dispatched under the Miscellaneous category.

Stabbing - A life-threatening stabbing or a death from a stabbing has just occurred.

SWAT - The Police SWAT Team has been activated.  SWAT often responds to hostage situations.  Covert SWAT operations are NOT dispatched.

Thunderstorm Warning - The National Weather Service has issued a Thunderstorm Warning.  This means that a severe thunderstorm is in progress and is likely to move through the area.

Thunderstorm Watch - The National Weather Service has issued a Thunderstorm Watch.  This means that weather conditions are favorable for the development of thunderstorms.

Tornado Warning - The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning.  This means that a qualified storm spotter or trained public safety official has spotted a funnel cloud.  Take cover immediately.

Tornado Watch - The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch.  This means that weather conditions are favorable for the development of tornados.

Train Derailment - A train has derailed or has been involved in an accident.  Trains often carry hazardous cargo so derailments should be monitored for special handling.  Train accidents with vehicles at crossings are also dispatched under this category and not under Major Accidents.

Training - Special training operations are dispatched prior to the actual training exercise.  This category is also used by volunteer emergency service agencies to remind their members of meetings and training exercises.

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