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What is the Standard Emergency Warning Signal?

The Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS) is a distinctive audio signal that alerts the community to the broadcast of an urgent safety message relating to a major emergency.

Emergency services may include SEWS as part of warning messages sent to landline telephones by Emergency Alert.

Listen to the SEWS tone