NOAA Weather Radio (NWR)

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NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Logo[4]

All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The name, NOAA Weather Radio, represents radio receivers that are capable of receiving weather and/or warning information from NWS Forecast Offices, approved Department of Homeland Security offices responsible for the dissemination of warning information, and those Emergency Operation Centers that have been specifically authorized to disseminate warnings on the NWR operational frequencies.

NWR receivers with either Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) or 1050 Hertz tone alerting capability are eligible to apply for use of the NWR logo.  NWR receivers which do not include either of these alerting capabilities are not eligible for NWR logo use.

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards transmitters broadcast on one of seven VHF frequencies from 162.400 MHz to 162.550 MHz. The broadcasts cannot be heard on a simple AM/FM radio receiver. There are many receiver options, however, ranging from handheld portable units which just pick up Weather Radio broadcasts, to desktop and console models which receive Weather Radio as well as other broadcasts.[1]

Steps to Purchase and Set Up NOAA Radio

Take these steps to purchase a NOAA radio and set it up:

  1. Buy a NOAA Weather Radio receiver. NOAA Weather Radio receivers are available in stores ranging in price from $20 to $80.
  2. Tune into your local NWR broadcast. The NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards transmitters broadcast on one of seven VHF frequencies from 162.400 MHz to 162.550 MHz.[2]
  3. Program your radio with your SAME FIPS code. Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) allows NOAA Weather Radio receivers with SAME capability to be programmed to listen and alarm for messages affecting a specific county or set of counties.[3]

 


References:

  1. NOAA Weather Radio: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/nwrrcvr.htm
  2. Nationwide Station Listing Using Broadcast Frequencies – Website: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/nwrbro.htm
  3. NOAA Weather Radio Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) code County by County – Website: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/indexnw.htm#sametable
  4. Image Source: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/allhazard_logo_info.htm [Accessed June, 12 2013]

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