EAGLE PASS, Texas -- In a potentially dangerous severe-weather situation would you (and your family) prefer to be among the first or among the last to know? A NOAA Weather Radio can make the difference.
The price of a no-frills NOAA Weather Radio is about $20. A weather radio provides instant access to the same weather reports and emergency information that meteorologists and emergency personnel use: information that can save your life.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Governor's Division of Emergency Management recommend that every home have as standard equipment a NOAA Weather Radio receiver. These receivers are equipped with a special alarm tone feature that can sound an alert and give you immediate information about a life-threatening situation.
During an emergency, National Weather Service forecasters will interrupt routine weather radio programming and send out the special tone that activates weather radios in the listening area. NOAA Weather Radio now broadcasts warning and post event information for all types of hazards. They are especially valuable in places that are prone to tornado activities.
Through the NOAA Weather Radio, you'll not only receive emergency information, but also around-the-clock weather reports and information to help you prepare for the day ahead. The hearing-and-visually impaired also can get these warnings by connecting weather radios with alarm tones to other kinds of attention-getting devices like strobe lights, pagers, bed-shakers, personal computers and text printers. A battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio will also advise you of emergency conditions whether at home, at work, traveling, on vacation or at play.
To purchase a NOAA Weather Radio, check with stores that sell electronics, or call the National Weather Service office closest to you. More information is available through the Weather Service's NOAA Weather Radio Web Site: www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr. This site offers a wealth of information on NOAA Weather Radio. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers.
- Where do I buy a receiver and what features should I look for?
- How can I find the location and frequency of the nearest NOAA Weather Radio transmitter?
- Where can I find a list of Weather Radio stations by state?
- How to I report a transmitter that's not working?
- Where can I find more info about automated voicing?
- Who does the Spanish voice?
- Are there stations with streaming audio?
- What is the NWS warning alarm policy and when are tests?
- What is Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) and what are the actual codes?
- My reception isn't good. What can I do?
- How do I get Weather Radio at sea?
- What is All Hazards? Do I have to have it?
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