If a Local or National Emergency happens tonight....

And you need to take action to save your Family......

How would you know?
Updated 3/28/04

While you sleep, others are not. People who monitor the weather, monitor your world.  
They send out the alarms to  TV, Radio, Cable and Public Service Agencies.

But you don't have the TV on-- your sleeping
You probably don't have a radio on -- because you and your family are sleeping
Even if your community has a warning siren system......
If you are a heavy sleeper, you may not know that a Tornado is about to descend on you city. 
You will may know that  a chemical spill has just happened, and the toxic cloud is headed towards your community.  Or worse....

But if you have a Weather Radio in your home, you will know!

" IT "  Happens ( Tornados, fires, floods, Chemical spills, .....) 
and " IT " doesn't ask for your permission. 
" IT " often doesn't call ahead to let you know that 
" IT " is stopping by your place for a visit..."
  IT " just happens -  with little warning..

Emergency Alert Radios, or Weather Radios as they are more commonly called, Save Lives. 
In one recent instance, on November 10, 2002, 50  lives were saved thanks to the planning and quick thinking of the movie theater owner in Van Wert, Ohio and a NOAA Weather Alert Radio:


VAN WERT, Ohio, Nov. 11 -- When theater manager Scott Shaffer heard the storm warning on the radio, he knew he had little time to protect the 50 parents, children and neighbors watching "The Santa Clause 2" and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."

It turns out, he had just five minutes.

Shaffer decided to send everyone for cover after hearing the storm warning on the theater's  weather alert radio. As three employees and moviegoers helped him round people up, Shaffer opened the front door to wave others back inside from the parking lot.

Shaffer and his staff hustled their charges into a brick hallway and restrooms at Van Wert Cinemas, just before a tornado estimated at a half-mile wide slammed into the building Sunday.

The storm ripped away parts of the walls and roof, and tossed three cars into the front of a theater that had been filled with children watching the Santa movie. Rows of blue-cushioned seats were left open to the sky and littered with wood and plaster. Another theater in the five-screen complex was destroyed when the ceiling caved in, and the walls were buckled in the other theaters.

Miraculously, no one was seriously hurt

 AP wire story

These people weren't sleeping. They were just enjoying a Sunday afternoon out with their families. This storm moved across the area very quickly. Were it not for the "weather radio" in the theater, this story would have had a long list of names of casualties, not the name of a hero.

There are many stories like this every year, where lives are saved because people had enough warning due to the 
"Weather Radio"

Every Home and Every Business should have a Weather Radio!

What is NOAA Weather Radio?

The NOAA weather radio is a part of the national Emergency Alert System (E.A.S.) These radios sit quietly on your counter, bed stand, desk or whatever  - doing nothing but collecting dust - 


Then it saves your life. The National Weather Service sends out a tone that turns on this radio automatically  sounds an alert, and announces the reason for the alert ( Tornado, Flood, etc). 

And it is quickly becoming more than just a weather alert system. Many states now use this system as part of their "Amber Alert" system, and is also being incorporated into the Homeland Security Emergency Alert System. 

 How It Works

Long ago, our tax dollars afforded the National Weather Service (NWS)  the funds to install special radio stations in most inhabited areas of the United States. The NWS broadcasts local and regional weather information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on these radio stations. However, they operate on a group of frequencies that are not receivable by the average AM/FM radio that we are familiar with. They transmit on "channels" in the 162.mHz frequency area. The graphic below give you a "picture" of where these channels are in relation to broadcast services you are familiar with.

Weather Radios are designed to be able to pick up this set of frequencies

There is one "channel" assigned to each geographic area   Each channel is programmed by the local NWS office that covers that area.. For example: In Southwestern Ohio, there are 3 NWS Channels. One in Columbus, one in Dayton and One in Cincinnati. (simplified explanation. In some areas, a county may be covered by more than one channel). These 3 channels, or stations,  are controlled and programmed by the Wilmington, Ohio NWS office, which  does the forecasting for these 3 regions.

When a severe weather situation is developing in any of the areas that this office covers, the NWS will put a "Special Weather Statement" on their radio stations to be broadcast in those areas. 'Special Weather Statements" do not normally trigger the alert to sound, but you can hear this information at any time by turning the radio on. These statements are simply notifications that the weather might get severe in this area. ( Often these statements are read in the morning broadcasts. This give you an idea of what to expect during the day)

If the Storms Prediction Center (SPC) office in Norman, Oklahoma,  determines that a certain area is beginning to developed weather that may become severe, they will issue a 'Watch"  This will cause the alert radio to set off it's alarm  and plays the information to make you aware of the potential situation. A Weather Watch statement (Tornado, Sever Thunderstorm, Flood) lets you know that the conditions are ripe for the event to develop, but is not yet occurring.
If the situation becomes worse, they  send out the "Warning" on these radios, and it sounds it's siren, and plays the warning information. A "Warning" is just that - a statement that the event is happening, and to take action immediately. Be Aware that severe weather can develop very quickly, and a warning can be issued without a prior "Watch" statement.

December 7, 1941                            September 11, 2001                             October 1962                             It Can Happen Here............................ It Can Happen Again!                                                                          

Types of radios available

Weather Radios are available in several brands and varieties, and lately you can find this feature built into a few  AM/FM clock radios, CB radios. There are table models and portable pocket models. (I've even seen flashlights, Shower radios, and radar detectors with this feature). HOWEVER - not all  "weather radios"  have the "Alert "feature. Be sure that any radio you purchase has this important feature.  These radios are always 'on standby ', listening for the special tones that turn it ON. When the NWS or civil or federal authorities issue a warning of importance  for your locale, special tones trigger the radio and the emergency message is broadcast.   

Another feature you may want to consider is the S.A.M.E. feature. This stands for 
Specific Area Message Encoding.
This has the ability to be set up to only sound off for your particular area. This way, you can not be bothered by alerts that do not affect you. 

Don't Wait - Buy A Weather Radio Today!

Here are some links about the NOAA Emergency Alert System Weather radios.

Most of theses links take you to various pages of  NOAA. 

Where to Buy General Info All Hazards pdf.
Amber Alert .pdf E.A.S. Fact sheet.  Frequently Asked Questions

How to set up your Radio 

Following the Manufacturer's directions, You will first need to find the NWS transmitter frequency in your area. 
Then, to program your county and any other counties you want to be alerted to,

1. Click on "Channels" , then click on your state to get that info.
     (If your radio has the S.A.M.E.  feature- continue to #2)
2. Find the SAME codes for those counties. Click on S.A.M.E. Codes.
3. IF you are not sure What station will have the best coverage- Click on 
    "Coverage Area", click on your state, then at the bottom choose the closest 
     Major city to you.

1. Channels

2. S.A.M.E. Codes 3. Coverage Area

Use this chart to relate which channel is what frequency

Ch.  1
Ch.  2
Ch.  3
Ch.  4
Ch.  5
CH.  6
Ch.  7

If setting up the SAME codes sound to difficult for you,
 this supplier will even pre-set up your radio for your particular area
I highly recommend them!.


For other Home Safety Products

Other Home Safety Products.

In their quest for excellence, these two companies had 1 radio each that they recalled 
If you have an older radio, you should check to see if your radio has been recalled for replacement.

Midland Recall Oregon Scientific Recall

For those who are too young to know about these historical events!

December 7, 1941

October 1962


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