WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Florida is undertaking a major initiative known as the Florida Warning Information Network (FWIN) project. This grant project is a direct result of last year's Region IV Tornado Summit. As an archetype, it is the first of its kind to incorporate early warning detection and alerting systems, Tornado Safe Rooms and community centers, State-wide satellite voice and data communications systems, public education and information.
FWIN, part of the Managing States Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, whereby Florida manages its own federally funded hazard mitigation program. This project brings together, in collaboration, businesses and industry, not-for-profit agencies as well as local State and Federal agencies and offices. Features include:
- Enhancement of redundant and secure communications links between all 67 county warning points and the State Emergency Operations Center;
- Construction of 6 new NOAA Weather Radio Transmitter sites;
- Upgrade and expansion of the State's Emergency Alerting System;
- Construction of up to 30 Tornado Safe Rooms in single family dwellings, in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity (based on Texas Tech design) Construction of 3 demonstration Safe Rooms in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Regional Area "Project Greenhouse". (also Texas Tech design)
- 10,000 NOAA Weather Alert Radio Receivers will be distributed to "at risk" populations, such as day care centers, nursing homes, hospitals.
- 3,500 NOAA radios were distributed earlier this year to every public school in the State, bringing the total no. of radios distributed in State to 13,500.