New Eagle “All Hazards” NOAA Weather Radio Station

Eagle County Comms presentation

People in the photo (from left to right): Eagle County Commissioner Sara Fisher (holding Eagle County resident Kaitlyn Figgs), WCM Jim Pringle, MIC Ben Moyer, Eagle County Commissioner Peter Runyon, Eagle County Emergency Manager Barry Smith, Teri Baird from the USDA Rural Utilities Service, Eagle County Commissioner Jon Stavney.

On December 4th, a ceremony was held in Eagle, Colorado, to dedicate the new NOAA Weather
Radio transmitter serving Eagle County and portions of some surrounding counties. The
broadcast frequency is 162.450 MHz on the Weather Band. The signal is also broadcast on
low powered CDOT Road and Weather radio stations in Eagle County; 530 AM in Edwards and
107.9 FM in Eagle. Some of the communities in the broadcast reception area include Avon,
Beaver Creek, Dotsero, Eagle, Edwards, Gypsum, Minturn, Redcliff, Vail, and Wolcott.

With the addition of the Eagle NOAA Weather Radio, Interstate 70 in Colorado has nearly
continuous NOAA Weather Radio reception from the Kansas border to the Utah border. http://
www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/Maps/PHP/colorado.php

NOAA Weather Radio is an All Hazards warning system that is designed to notify citizens of
impending danger from weather-related hazards and to provide Non-Weather Emergency
Messages at the request of local officials by broadcasting codes that automatically activate
alarms on specially-equipped NOAA Weather Radio receivers.

Barry Smith, Eagle County Emergency Manager, has aptly stated, “NOAA Weather Radio gives
Eagle County the ability to offer another vital tool for emergency notification to our citizens and
visitors because we know that no single system can reach everyone 100 percent of the time.”

The purchase of the Eagle NOAA Weather Radio transmitter system was a cooperative
effort involving Eagle County, Holy Cross Energy, the State of Colorado, and a matching
grant provided by the USDA Rural Utilities Service. The State of Colorado’s Public Safety
Communications Network installed the transmitter system and will perform the maintenance
per a contract with the National Weather Service.

Additional information on NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards and how to obtain a NOAA
Weather Radio receiver can be found at
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/gjt/?n=nwr
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/



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