FRANKLIN COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT (FCEM)
NOAA Weather Radio is a service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. As the
"Voice of the National Weather Service, " it provides
continuous 24 hour a day broadcasts of the latest area weather
forecast information directly from the National Weather Service
office. Taped weather messages are repeated every four to six
minutes and are routinely revised every one to three hours, or
more frequently if needed. The NOAA Weather Radio network broadcasts
from over 400 FM transmitters across the country on seven frequencies
in the VHF band, ranging from 162.40 to 162.55 MHz above the commercial
FM band. 14 NOAA Weather Radio stations broadcast in Washington.
During severe weather, the National Weather Service can interrupt
the routine weather broadcasts and air special flood, weather
watch, warning or advisory messages. Specially designed warning
receivers can be activated. Such receivers either sound an alarm
indicating that an emergency exists, alerting the listener to
turn the receiver up to an audible volume; or, when operated in
a muted mode, are automatically turned on so that the warning
message is heard. "Warning alarm" receivers are especially
valuable for homes, businesses, schools, hospitals, public-safety
agencies, and news media offices.
Under a January 1975 white House policy statement, NOAA Weather
Radio was designated the sole government operated radio
system to provide direct warning information into private homes
and businesses for both natural and nuclear attack. This includes
hazardous conditions that pose a threat to life and safety, both
at a local and national level.
NOAA weather Radio is considered an "all hazards" warning
system. Through federal, state, or local officials, the warning
alarm can be used in case of the following:
Weather Radios comes in many sizes and with a variety of functions.
Pocket radios can be used for outdoor activities, or carried on
family trips. To purchase a weather radio check with stores where
electronics are sold. A weather radio can give you the kind of
information that is needed to safeguard yourself and your home
during a disaster.
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