NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards is the quickest way to get notification of severe weather that may be
affecting you. There are many various types of radios and
models available including portable units to take on trips. For more information on the various types and models,
visit the NOAA Weather Radio Receiver Information Page. With changing technologies, there are also many other ways to receive weather information.
Here are some of the ways you can keep up to date with the latest weather watches and warnings.
NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards - Popular Features
Tone Alarm: Most warnings and many watch messages are broadcast with a tone alarm.
The tone will activate all the weather radio receivers which are equipped to receive it,
even if the audio is turned off. This is especially useful for warnings which occur during
the night when most people are asleep.
SAME: Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) allows a user to specify the
particular area for which you wish to receive alerts. This minimizes the number of
"false alarms" for events which might not be impacting your area. To locate the SAME code for your
area, go to SAME Codes
Selectable Alerting of Events: Some receivers allow a user to turn off the
alarm for certain events which might not be important to you.
Battery Backup: Since power outages often occur during storms, having a
receiver with battery backup can be crucial.
External Antenna Jack: While most receivers come with a whip antenna which can
usually be extended out from the unit, a user may need an external antenna to get a good
reception. Some receivers come with an external antenna jack (normally in the back of the
unit) which will allow a user to connect to a larger antenna (indoors or outdoors).
Strobe Light: A strobe light accessory provides a visual alert. It's ideal for the
hearing-impaired and for use in noisy production environments like metal working facilities
to alert personnel of a warning.
Internet: The National Weather Service's webpage at
you a fast and easy look at where the hazards are occurring for the current day. To find
out information for your local area, just click on the map in your general area.
Facebook: The National Weather Service Facebook pages not only allow you
the ability to stay informed on local weather outlooks and forecast information, but also
gives you the ability to report severe weather that is impacting your area. You can even post
pictures for sharing with your local office. Please note, with the frequency of warnings across
the state, most warnings will not be automatically posted. Use other resources to obtain
critical short term warning information. Click on the Facebook icon on the top left portion
of our webpage to "like" and follow us.
Twitter: Follow The National Weather Service on Twitter and receive updates on
potential outlooks on severe weather. Please note, with the frequency of warnings across
the state, most warnings will not be automatically tweeted. Use other resources to obtain
critical short term warning information. Click on the Twitter icon on the top left
portion of our webpage to follow us.
You Tube: Subscribe to our You Tube channel to receive periodic videos discussing
important weather information. Click on the You Tube icon on the top left
portion of our webpage to subscribe.
Broadcast TV and Radio Stations: Most local radio and television stations across
the state automatically receive hazardous watches and warnings and help disseminate
that information over the air. They have local knowledge and want to be able to provide
their viewers and listeners with the best information they can.
Wireless Emergency Alerts: Newer mobile devices are now Wireless Emergency
Alert (WEA) Capable. This means you will automatically receive alerts of the most critical
weather emergencies. This includes Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings. Check with your
cell provider to see if you have a WEA capable phone. For more information
Other Wireless / Cell Phone technologies: Many cell phone providers are including an
option of getting warnings on your cell phone through text messaging or other means. Check
with your provider to see if they offer a service like this. There are also some NWS
programs that allow you to get alerts on your mobile device. For more information
Mobile Apps: Check with the private weather industry for mobile applications
that meet your needs. Most private apps will include NWS alerts. The Red Cross also
has a selection of apps. For more information
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