May 11 is NOAA Weather Radio Awareness Day in Wisconsin

May 11, 2011 is NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Awareness Day in Wisconsin. The campaign is to encourage Wisconsin residents to keep ahead of severe weather by listening to NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, a 24-hour source of weather forecasts, watches, warnings, and non-weather emergency information provided by the National Weather Service and its parent agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Weather radios are known as “smoke detectors for severe weather and hazardous conditions.” A NOAA Weather Radio with an alarm and battery back-up is one of the best ways to protect your family, especially at night when the alarm feature can wake you up during severe weather and give you and your family time to seek appropriate shelter. If there is no severe weather then your weather radio can be switched to a silent, stand-by mode.

The NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards network started in 1972 and is the sole government-operated radio system to provide direct warnings for all hazardous conditions that pose a threat to lives and property. There are over 35 stations that broadcast weather and hazards information to the residents of Wisconsin, and over 1000 stations nationwide. 

Weather radios come in many sizes with a variety of functions. They can be purchased at most electronic stores and some office supply and hardware stores. Most weather radio receivers are either battery-operated portables or AC-powered desktop models with battery backup. The portable weather radios are an important item to take along when you are outdoors, especially when at a ball game, camping or boating. Many receivers have digital technology called Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) that allows users to program their radios to alarm only for hazardous conditions that affect their county.

A weather radio is an essential part of a severe weather safety plan. Every home, business, and public area should have a NOAA Weather Radio.

For more information on NOAA Weather Radio-All Hazards, please visit the NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan Weather Radio web site at:

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