NOAA Weather Radio-All Hazards
Frequently Used Links
- Important radio test information
- County codes and frequencies for your programmable weather radio
- Program schedule
- List of Alerts
- Where to get a NOAA Weather Radio
- Reporting a transmitter problem
How will you receive important severe weather and critical hazards information in the middle of the night while you sleep? NOAA Weather Radio, the voice of the National Weather Service, is the answer. It provides continuous broadcasts of the latest weather and emergency information directly from NWS offices across the state. Computer-generated messages are repeated every four to six minutes and are routinely updated. The stations operate 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
During severe weather or other emergencies, routine weather broadcasts are interrupted with special warning messages. Specially designed radios sound an alarm indicating that a weather or other hazardous emergency exists, alerting the listener to turn on the receiver. Weather radios -- "Smoke alarms for severe weather and hazardous conditions."
Weather radio receivers using specific area message encoding (SAME) technology allows listeners to screen out weather or other hazard alarms that do not apply to their area. County and marine codes for Wisconsin that are needed for these weather radios can be found here. Codes for the rest of the U.S. are available here. (Note: It is recommended that mariners program their receivers with the SAME geographic codes of neighboring land and marine areas to maintain a greater level of weather awareness.)
Where to Buy Weather Radios
NOAA Weather Radio receivers can be purchased at many retail stores that sell electronic merchandise, including stand-alone electronic retail outlets, electronics departments within department stores, and some drug stores. Weather Radio receivers can also be purchased through some mail order catalogs and on the Internet.
In addition, NOAA Weather Radio receivers are often sold in boat and marine accessory businesses as they are popular in the marine community.
Several county emergency management offices across the area are selling Weather Radios at cost. Here is a list of counties that are currently selling these radios:
|County||Phone (for more info)|
Weather Radio Consumer Info
For additional information on weather radios, check here.
For information on weather radio receiver recalls, go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) web site and choose "Radios (Weather)" in the product type list.
Stations in Northeast and North-Central Wisconsin
There are nine weather radio stations with programming that originates from the NWS Green Bay office.
|Area||Station ID||Frequency (MHz)|
|Sister Bay/Door County||WXN69||162.425|
The National Weather Service is developing the All-Hazards Emergency Message Collection System, HazCollect, to collect and efficiently distribute non-weather emergency messages.