September is Weather Radio Awareness Month in Washington

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Release date: 
September 12, 2000
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Goal: Have Weather Radios Become as Common as Smoke Alarms in Homes and Businesses Throughout the State to Help Save Lives and Property from Natural and Man-Made Hazards

Weather Radio Features

  • Is an "all-hazards" warning system, used not only for flood and weather related events, but also hazards like tsunamis, volcanic activity, and hazardous releases.

  • Has a warning alarm feature, instantly alerting the listener to fast-breaking, potentially life-saving warning messages around the clock.

  • Is an integral part of the Emergency Alert System (EAS), providing broadcasters and the public with emergency warning information.

  • Weather radios have a battery backup in case of power outages.

  • Broadcasts the latest weather forecasts and conditions 24-hours a day.

Awareness Month Activities

  • Governor Locke's Proclamation of Weather Radio Awareness Month.

  • Heightened awareness for schools and the emergency preparedness community.

  • Consumer incentives on weather radios from weather radio manufacturers.

  • New coastal weather radio station dedication on Sept 11 in Ocean Shores.

  • Complete information about weather radio, where to get weather radios, and consumer incentives from dealers at

Interview opportunities:

National Weather Service, SEATTLE, Wash. - 206-526-6857
Ted Buehner, Chris Hill, or Maria Lewis

Washington Emergency Management - 253-512-7000
Rob Harper, Mark Clemens, Barb Thurman

If you need further assistance, contact your local National Weather Service office during business hours.

NW Washington - SEATTLE, Wash., 206-526-6087 NE Washington - Spokane, 509-244-6385
SW Washington - Portland, 503-261-9246 SE Washington - Pendleton, 541-276-4493

Last Updated: 
July 19, 2012 - 23:02
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