NOAA Weather Radio is directly available to approximately 70 to 80 percent of the U.S. population.  The Weather Service is currently engaged in a program to increase coverage to 95 percent of the population.   For as little as $20, you can have current weather information and forecasts broadcast into your home, business, boat or automobile 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  You can pick up one of these radios at your local electronics store or on-line.  The cost of the radio will vary from around $20 for the basic radio, and more for the more advanced.  Most of the radios are portable and can be taken anywhere.

NWR coverage is limited to an area within 40 miles of the transmitter.  The quality of what is heard is dictated by the distance from the transmitter, local terrain, and the quality and location of the receiver. 

Owning a NOAA All-Hazards Weather radio is a fantastic way to be prepared and stay alert of any inclement weather!  Otherwise, check out these other links for more information on safety and preparedness:



For Public Schools

During the 2006-2007 school year, the National Weather Service partnered with the U.S. Office of Homeland Security in an initiative that sent NOAA Public Alert Radios to all public schools in the U.S.   You can register your school's weather radio here.  NOAA Public Alert Radios are being distributed to public schools in your community to help safeguard the children in your care.  With 24/7 capability and battery back-up, the radio is always on guard to alert school personnel to severe weather conditions, terrorist threats, and other emergencies in your immediate area, even when other communication lines are unavailable.

The NOAA Public Alert Radio that was sent out is made by Midland and is a S.A.M.E. Digital Weather / Hazard Alert Monitor. The picture to the right is what the model looks like. If you need help setting up your NOAA Weather Radio you can go to for help. If you are having any problems with the radio or your school did not receive the radio you can call the Louisville, KY National Weather Service at 502-969-8842, or you can go to  for help.


S.A.M.E. Digital Weather / Hazard Alert Monitor, by: Midland


There are three basic types of weather radios:
1.     Scanner...Marine Radio...Basic Weather Radio - monitor only
2.     Tone Alert Weather Radio - automatically activated when a 1050Hz tone issued for any of the counties in broadcast range; cost range $20-$50

3.     Specific Area Message Encoder (SAME) - automatically activated for only the counties you choose; cost range $40-$70




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