I have to admit that after the Skywarn meeting I recently attended I had more questions than answers. The words "activate the net" were bantered about quite liberally by the participants. OK, under what conditions should we here in the great Northeast Part of PA "activate the Skywarn" net. I heard several conditions mentioned. The first was "when the NWS requests" that the net be activated. The second was "when you think that it should be activated." And the last was "anyone should activate the net with the advent of severe weather." Those definitions leave a lot of latitude as well as a lot of problems. When and how does the NWS tell me as the EC that we need to activate the Skywarn Net. I have the ubiquitous Weather Radio sitting on my desk, in my bedroom, and I think there is one in the basement. I have not been down there in a while but I think there is one there. Would the request come over the NOAA All Hazards Radio? Would they call me? That would be a hoot. I haven't picked up my cell phone in 3 days. It would be the same for an SMS message to me. Since I retired I have grown weary of that cell phone. No one pays me to listen to it. If the net should be activated when I think it should then I might miss something important. This is a big county and what happens in the lower end usually goes unnoticed until the nightly news. So do I delegate that responsibility to the one of the Hams in the lower part of the county and rely on them to make the judgement call? And the last one really made me wonder. Anyone should activate the net. First, I have two extremes here. The first is total apathy. I don't think some of the Hams would move over to pick up the radio unless there was water running through their living room and only then to complain that someone didn't tell them the storm was coming. The other extreme is the ones that would activate the net if they saw drops of rain on the sidewalk. I am not sure I want to trust their judgement because I would end up with the "Cry Wolf" situation. So I am asking questions about the activations here and via email to our local NWS office. They are good people and some of them are even Hams but there seems to be either an assumption on their part that we know when to start the ball rolling or they really don't have a procedure in place to do it. I know it will get worked out. Always does but I'd rather have something to go on to tell my meager handful of volunteers. Makes them feel better knowing that someone at the top of the food chain has some idea of what to do. So how do you folks do it? Get a call from the NWS. If that is the way it should work then I'll start carrying the cell phone again. And I'll even give the NWS my phone number. If it comes from the NOAA WX radio then I'll have to figure out a way to get that information when I am out wandering with Taffi, my Corgi. I know I'll get it in the bedroom. The WX Alert that is. After the alert is over I'll probably be sleeping with my Corgi. So reply to the thread and let me hear about your novel ideas about this. I am always open to new ideas.