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Wireless Emergency Alerts

NOAA weather radio
Mobile Alerts on your Cellphone
Receive text alerts on your mobile phone.  NOAA and cellular providers have teamed up to build a Weather-Ready Nation through a nationwide text emergency alert system, called Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), which will warn you when weather threatens as well as other alerts.  You receive alerts for the area you are currently in as cell tower locations are used to transmit alerts.  For example, if you are tailgating in Green Bay you would receive alerts that affect Green Bay, not for your home in Marinette County.

There are many free weather apps available, including from your favorite local news channel.  Many smartphones come with some kind of weather forecast app that you can set for your main location, or change to wherever you happen to be.  For accurate weather where ever you go, bookmark mobile.weather.gov on your mobile devices.
 
NOAA All-Hazards Alert Radio
These radios, typically called "weather radios", are available at many retail stores and on-line.  The radios pick up alerts broadcast by the U.S. government over a special radio network operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  The alerts you see and hear over TV and radio are the same alerts picked up by alert radios.   "All-Hazards" messages include:
  • Natural - Tornado, flood, severe storms, wildland fires, etc.
  • Accidents - chemical release, nuclear power emergencies
  • National - Terrorist attack
Things to consider when purchasing a radio are power options:

SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) allows users to program their radio to only receive warnings specific to their county rather than the entire area covered by the weather radio station.  If you plan to travel with the radio, ensure it can be programmed for other states and counties.

Power Options: Severe weather often knocks out power so you want to ensure you have an alternate means of powering the radio.  They come with battery back-up, solar, or hand crank generators.

You: Radios come in desktop versions that are plugged in (and have battery back-up) with or without AM/FM radio. Some are very small and portable making them more conducive to taking to a shelter or in a go-kit. Some include a digital display so you can read the message as well as hear it. Some have built-in flashlights or beacon lights, and some are capable of charging mobile devices. There's an option for everyone.

Use the link below to find transmitter locations and frequencies.

NOAA All-Hazards Alert Radios - County by County Coverage »