- NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) is provided as a public service by the Department of Commerce's (DoC) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
- NWR broadcasts National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day.
- Weather radios equipped with a special alarm tone feature can turn themselves on and and sound an alert, giving immediate information about life threatening situations.
- There are more than 450 NOAA Weather Radio stations in the 50 states and near adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and U.S. Pacific Territories.
- Broadcast rance from a NOAA Weather Radio transmitter is approximately 40 miles.
- NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts watches when conditions are favorable for severe weather, and warnings when the occurence of severe weather is imminent.
- Did you know...that the audio you hear on the local cable channel is typically a rebroadcast of NOAA Weather Radio?
- Weather radios come in many sizes and with a variety of functions and costs; from simple battery-operated portables, to CB radios, scanners, and short wave sets.
- NOAA Weather Radios are available at electronics stores across the county.
- SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) technology, a new feature in the NWR system, will let listeners pre-select the NWS alerts they want to receive, based on the county where they live.
- NOAA Weather Radio is beginning a program that will turn written words into quality synthesized-voice broadcasts, significantly reducing the time it takes to get watch and warning information to the public.
- The goal of the National Weather Service and other emergency preparedness agencies is to expand the reach of weather radio broadcasts to 95 percent of the U.S. population.