What is an NOAA Weather Radio?
This life-saving technology broadcasts weather forecasts and
travel conditions, storm warnings, and alerts affecting life and safety
on a 24/7 basis - 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The system is operated by the National Weather Service which is
a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; both
agencies are branches of the US Commerce Department. NOAA Weather Radio
broadcasts are localized using over 600 special VHF transmitters in all
50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands (stations are
continually being added).
The NOAA frequencies are in the VHF radio spectrum ranging from
162.400 to 162.550 MHz, which is outside of the normal AM/FM radio
bands and must be monitored by special receivers like the All
Hazards/Weather Emergency Alert radios. These broadcasts can be received
up to 40-50 miles from a NOAA transmitter.
Where to Buy a Weather Radio?
The Public Safety Agencies in Arapahoe Country do not endorse a
specific retailer, make or model of receiver. You can buy receivers at
many retail outlets, including electronics, department, sporting goods,
and boat and marine accessory stores and their catalogs. They can also
be purchased via the Internet from online retailers or directly from
What is EAS?
The Emergency Alert System (EAS) provides the only network of
national and local government broadcasts for messages affecting public
health and safety. Weather radios with SAME technology will receive
these broadcasts automatically. EAS broadcasts may include warnings
about weather and technological emergencies, including tornados and
earthquakes; toxic chemical spills; radiation emergencies; explosions
and fires; and other conditions that require immediate public
With the EAS and the NOAA working in conjunction, communities
are capable of being warned of every type of disaster - natural as well
as man-made. Alerts and warnings (both visual and audio) are issued for
such severe weather as hurricanes, tornados, floods, high winds,
thunderstorms, tropical storms, radiation emergencies, hazardous
chemical spills and fires within a 30-40 mile range.
What is S.A.M.E.?
S.A.M.E. is Specific Area Message Encoding. S.A.M.E. radios
receive the same alerts and warnings as the NOAA radios, however they
allow users to adjust their reception and identify information for
specific counties of interest and concern, rather than for an entire
regional broadcast area.
Weather Radio owners can easily program a SAME-equipped
receiver with a six-digit code for a specific county location. This
eliminates the numerous "false alarms" for weather alerts that may apply
to an area 40 or 50 miles distant. Multiple county codes can be
programmed and memorized by Oregon Scientific Weather Radios to permit
storing home and business locations, travel/vacation destinations, and
favorite recreational sites.
Automated Computer Voice Broadcasts
In addition to active weather alerts and warnings, the automated
computer voice broadcasts (or voice of the National Weather Service)
allows you to listen to current weather conditions, weather forecasts as
well as weather statements, alerts and warnings.
All weather radios have the ability to tune into a specific frequency and listen to broadcasts.
Automated computer voice broadcasts:
- Temperature and Humidity
- Barometric Pressure
- Rain Fall
- Weather Forecast
- Storm and Disaster Warnings
All NOAA Radios include a silent stand-by mode that automatically turns on the audio when an alert warning is received.
Public Alert Devices
The Public Alert Standard (CEA-2009) was developed by the
Consumer Electronics Association in conjunction with the National
Weather Service. Devices carrying the Public Alert logo meet certain
technical standards and come with all the features mentioned above.
Weather Radio Accessories and Special Needs Weather Radios
External antennas, audio cables, bed shakers, strobe lights and
wireless transmitters are available for special needs applications.
Statements, Alerts and Warnings
The following statements, alerts and warnings are currently available with NOAA All Hazard Weather Radios.
|• 911 Telephone Outage
• Boil Water Warning
• Child Abduction
• Civil Danger
• Civil Emergency
• Coastal Flood
• Chemical Hazard
• Dam Watch
• Dam Break
• Contagious Disease
• Dust Storm
• Emergency Action
• Immediate Evacuation
• Food Contamination
• Flash Flood
• Flash Flood Watch
• Flood Watch
• Fire Warning
• Flash Freeze
|• Freeze Warning
• Hazardous Materials
• High Wind
• Industrial Fire
• Local Area Emergency
• Law Enforcement Warning
• Land Slide
• Nuclear Power Plant
• Power Outage
• Radiological Hazard
• Special Marine Warning
• Special Weather Statement
• Shelter in Place Warning
• Severe Thunderstorm
• Severe Weather
• Tornado Watch
• Wild Fire
• Winter Storm Warning