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Fast Facts
Here are some little known facts about the NOAA Weather Radio system, developed by the Office of Public Affairs. We hope you find these interesting and useful.
  • NOAA Weather Radio is provided as a public service by the Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmoshpheric Administration.
  • NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day.
  • Weather Radios equipped with a special alarm tone feature can sound an alert and give immediate information about a life-threatening situation.
  • Weather radios come in many sizes and with a variety of functions and costs; from simple, battery-operated portables, to CB radios, scanners, and short wave sets.
  • Broadcast range from a NOAA Weather Radio transmitter is approximately 40 miles.
  • SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) technology is a feature in the NOAA Weather Radio system that allows listeners to pre-select the National Weather Service alerts they want to receive, based on the county where they live.
  • NOAA Weather Radios are available at electronics stores across the country.
  • The hearing and visually impaired can receive watches and warnings by connecting weather radios alarm tones to other kinds of attention-getting devices, like strobe lights, pagers, bed-shakers, personal computers and text printers.
  • There are around 1000 NOAA Weather Radio stations in the 50 states and near adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and U.S. Pacific Territories.
  • NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts watches when conditions are favorable for severe weather, and warnings when the occurence of severe weather is imminent.
  • NOAA Weather Radio is available in many coastal and wilderness areas, as well as highways and rest areas.
  • NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts warnings, as well as post-event information for all types of hazards, both natural (such as earthquakes, tornadoes, or volcanic activity) and technological (such as chemical releases or oil spills).
  • Did you know that the audio you hear on the local cable channel is typically a rebroadcast of NOAA Weather Radio?
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