The Emergency Broadcast System, known as EBS, is a network of commercial radio and television stations that have agreed to broadcast emergency announcements in case of an emergency or disaster.  These announcements keep you aware as to the nature and immediacy of the emergency as well as providing instructions regarding evacuation routes, shelter locations, and the like.  The majority of area television and radio stations participate in EBS.

The National Weather Service in the Florence area operates a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration radio station, known as NOAA (pronounced "Noah").  The station is located on a frequency of 162.550 megahertz, or you can purchase a special weather radio with this frequency already programmed into it.  The NOAA weather radios are a great way to receive both daily and emergency weather watches and warnings.