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Information and links to keep you informed of severe weather

The National Weather Service

The National Weather Service (NWS) is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is the primary source for official weather conditions, watches, and warnings. Tennessee has three Forecast/Weather Offices in Knoxville/Tri-Cities, Nashville, and Memphis.  These three locations provide information, radar, and weather alerts for each of the three Grand Divisions of the state (East, Middle, and West).

Using transmitters in all 50 states, the NWS provides important weather information 24 hours a day through the NOAA Weather All Hazards Radio Network.

S.A.M.E. Alerting Technology

Weather radios with S.A.M.E. alerting technology (Specific Area Message Encoding) can be purchased at many local retail stores and online for as little as $20. With S.A.M.E. alerting, users can program their radio to receive only watches and warnings for specified counties.

Williamson County and surrounding counties

S.A.M.E. codes for Williamson and immediately adjancent counties

  • Williamson - 047187
  • Dickson - 047043 Cheatham - 047021
  • Davidson - 047037 Rutherford - 047149
  • Marshall - 047117 Maury - 047119
  • Hickman - 047081

A list of S.A.M.E. codes for all counties in Tennessee can be found on the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards website.

Need help programming your new weather radio? 

The National Weather Service (NWS)has some helpful guides. Information and programming help can be found by visiting the Nashville NWS web site.


Media/Commercial Services

To help you stay informed and notified of severe weather, we've put together a list of useful notification resources including email/SMS text, web, and mobile applications. The City of Franklin and the Franklin Fire Department do not endorse any one particular system, service, or service provider over another. The timeliness and content of information is the sole responsibility of the service provider. Please make sure that you understand any service agreements or restrictions; some of these programs may require a fee or annual subscription which is an obligation of the individual user.

The following resource links are categorized by local/regional services, national services, and iPhone/Blackberry Applications.

Middle Tennessee/Nashville media:

WSMV Channel 4
WSMV provides a service to sign up for severe weather alerts. Users can enter a primary email address and up to two additional email addresses to receive notifications for the counties they select.
Visit for more information.

WTVF NewsChannel 5
NewsChannel 5 offers a subscription program called Storm 5 HD WeatherCall. When signing up for this service, you can enter up to three phone numbers (home and cell) and register up to three email addresses. You can also be notified by SMS text messaging. Whenever a Warning is issued by the National Weather Service (tornado, severe thunderstorm, or flood) that directly matches your address in the warning area, you will receive a telephone call with details. The service costs $9.95 per year.

For more information, visit

WZTV Fox 17
Mobile phone users can register at Fox 17's website to receive SMS text alerts for severe weather reports as well as breaking news and school closings. Visit Fox 17 at to register.

National weather media outlets/services: ALERT allows individuals to sign up for free email forecast and/or severe weather alerts as they are issued by the National Weather Service. More information is available at Smartphone, iPhone, and other web-enabled phone users can also visit the Accuweather mobile page at

The Weather Channel
Many people are familiar with The Weather Channel appearing on cable and satellite providers across the country. The Weather Channel also provides free email weather alerts and SMS text messaging (your carrier's SMS rates apply). The registration process begins by selecting the type of weather alerts a user wants and entering a location. You can then choose notification by email or text messaging. To learn more, visit

iPhone, Android, and Blackberry users:

iPhone users have many applications to choose from when it comes to weather information. Both Accuweather and The Weather Channel have iPhone apps available on iTunes.

Android users can find a wide range of weather-related apps on the Android Market.

Some apps include:

Not to be left without useful applications, Blackberry users have several apps to choose from as well. Visit Blackberry App World-Weather on your PC or download the Blackberry World App on your handheld device to see more.

The Weather Channel also offers a Blackberry app.

Any web-enabled phone can also visit the mobile-optimized sites for Accuweather and The Weather Channel.  Open your phone's web browser and enter "" or "".