Public Information Statement

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
915 AM CST FRI FEB 24 2006


...TODAY IS NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS AND EMERGENCY
ALERT SYSTEM AWARENESS DAY....


SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK CONCLUDES TODAY WITH A CLOSER
LOOK AT NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS AND THE EMERGENCY ALERT
SYSTEM.  NOAA WEATHER RADIO IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE VOICE OF THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.  NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS
PROVIDES CONTINUOUSLY UPDATED WEATHER INFORMATION...24 HOURS
A DAY...AND EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR.  NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
PERSONNEL PREPARE WEATHER INFORMATION THAT IS NORMALLY
BROADCAST IN THREE TO FIVE MINUTE CYCLES.  THIS INFORMATION
INCLUDES FORECASTS...WARNINGS...CURRENT CONDITIONS...CLIMATE
DATA...AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION.


TO RECEIVE BROADCASTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...A
SPECIAL RADIO CAPABLE OF RECEIVING SIGNALS IN THE VERY HIGH
FREQUENCY...ALSO KNOWN AS VHF...PUBLIC SERVICE BAND IS REQUIRED.
NATIONALLY...FREQUENCIES FROM 162.400 TO 162.550 MEGAHERTZ ARE
USED FOR NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS BROADCASTS.  ALABAMA
IS SERVED BY 29 TRANSMITTERS WHICH COVER APPROXIMATELY 95
PERCENT OF THE CITIZENS IN ALABAMA.


NOAA WEATHER RADIO IS USEFUL ANYTIME...BUT IT IS MOST IMPORTANT
DURING SEVERE WEATHER.  WHEN THREATENING WEATHER DEVELOPS...
NORMAL BROADCASTS ARE INTERRUPTED BY IMPORTANT SEVERE WEATHER
INFORMATION.  WATCHES...WARNINGS...AND STATEMENTS ARE GIVEN THE
HIGHEST PRIORITY AND ARE UPDATED FREQUENTLY.


IN AN EMERGENCY...EACH NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS STATION
WILL TRANSMIT A WARNING ALARM TONE SIGNAL FOLLOWED BY INFORMATION ON
THE EMERGENCY SITUATION.  THIS SIGNAL IS CAPABLE OF ACTIVATING
SPECIALLY DESIGNED RECEIVERS BY INCREASING THE VOLUME OR
PRODUCING A VISUAL OR AUDIBLE ALARM.  NOT ALL WEATHER BAND
RECEIVERS HAVE THIS CAPABILITY...BUT ALL RADIOS THAT RECEIVE
NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS CAN RECEIVE EMERGENCY BROADCASTS. THE
WARNING ALARM DEVICE IS TESTED EACH WEDNESDAY...USUALLY BETWEEN
11 AM AND NOON...WEATHER PERMITTING.


A FEATURE AVAILABLE IN MOST WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS RECEIVERS
IS CALLED SAME...WHICH STANDS FOR SPECIFIC AREA MESSAGE ENCODING.
SAME TECHNOLOGY ALLOWS RADIOS TO BE PROGRAMMED FOR THE
RECEPTION OF WATCH AND WARNING MESSAGES FOR CERTAIN COUNTIES
IN YOUR AREA...WITHOUT DISTURBING USERS FOR WARNINGS OUTSIDE
OF THE PROGRAMMED COUNTIES. LOCAL MEDIA OUTLETS ARE URGED TO
USE NOAA WEATHER RADIO FOR UP TO DATE WEATHER INFORMATION AND
MAY FREELY REBROADCAST THE NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS
TRANSMISSION.


ANOTHER SOURCE OF WEATHER INFORMATION IS THE EMERGENCY ALERT
SYSTEM...ALSO KNOWN AS EAS...WHICH REPLACED THE EMERGENCY
BROADCAST SYSTEM.  THE EAS IS A SYSTEM OF COMMUNICATION LINKS
THAT UTILIZE DATA IN A DIGITAL FORM.  IT IS A RELIABLE MEANS OF
LINKING THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
AGENCIES...AND VARIOUS BROADCAST MEDIA TOGETHER.  THE EAS WILL
HELP PARTICIPATING RADIO AND TELEVISION STATIONS RECEIVE AND
RELAY WEATHER WARNINGS AND OTHER EMERGENCY INFORMATION IN A
TIMELY MANNER.


IF YOU HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ABOUT NOAA WEATHER RADIO
ALL HAZARDS AND EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM...CONTACT THE BIRMINGHAM
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE AT (205) 664-3010.


FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS CONCERNING SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK
...PLEASE VISIT BIRMINGHAM`S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE
WEBSITE AT WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/BMX.


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JBW

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