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Staying Informed--Getting Weather Warnings

The week of May 4 - May 10 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in the Pacific Northwest, including the states of Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

This is an excellent time for all individuals, families, businesses, schools, radio and television stations to review their spring and summer storm preparedness plans. It is especially important for new arrivals to the Pacific Northwest to become familiar with NOAA's National Weather Service Watch and Warning definitions, and their safety procedures.
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Staying Informed--Getting Weather Warnings

In today's digital world, weather warnings can be received by NOAA Weather Radio, email, cell phones, internet, commercial radio and television. It is best to use multiple means of getting weather warnings.

NOAA Weather Radio is broadcast on frequencies ranging from 162.40 MHz to 162.55 MHz. This frequency range is just above the normal FM radio band. Special NOAA weather radio receivers can be purchased. Many multi band radios and scanners also include the NOAA weather radio frequencies. You can check for your nearest transmitter at

Email alerts:  You can subscribe to email or text message weather alerts through a variety of providers listed on the internet.

Cell phones:  The commercial mobile alert system is new and allows cell phone users to get warnings for severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flash floods on their phones. Contact your cell phone company for specific details.

Internet:  Warnings are available using graphics and text at also from many commercial internet weather providers.

Commercial Radio and Television use the Emergency Alert System (EAS):  to receive and relay weather warnings from the National Weather Service and all hazards information from government officials. The EAS system is tested on a weekly and monthly basis. The National Weather Service also conducts tests on the NOAA weather radio usually on Wednesday morning. Listen for the tests so that you recognize what an EAS activation sounds like. When a real activation takes place, you will be able to immediately recognize the EAS sound.


This week is severe weather awareness week in the Pacific Northwest. Now is the time to get prepared for thunderstorms, tornadoes and flash floods.

Additional information can be found on the web at:

    Additional Links of Interest...
  1. Local NOAA Weather Radio Information and Coverage Maps:
    Spokane | Seattle | Portland | Medford | Pendleton | Boise | Pocatello
  2. NOAA's Weather Radio Frequencies across USA
  3. NOAA's Weather Radio General Information
  4. NOAA's Weather Safety website
  5. Preparedness for Severe Weather
  6. NOAA's Lightning Safety website
  7. Each local office may have photographs online ( see office links below )

Remember, in times of severe weather, you can get all these vital NOAA/National Weather Service messages via NOAA Weather Radio, your favorite local media, or through NOAA's National Weather Service websites.

For questions about local Severe Weather Preparedness, contact your local NOAA National Weather Service Office:
local office contact by email contact by phone
Medford Ryan Sandler 541-773-1067
Seattle Ted Buehner 206-526-6087
Spokane Andrew Brown 509-244-6395
Pendleton Dennis Hull 541-276-4493
Portland Tyree Wilde 503-261-9246
Boise Jay Breidenbach 208-334-9861
Pocatello Vern Preston 208-233-0834
Missoula Marty Whitmore 406-329-4840

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