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Weather Emergency Radios Alert (NOAA) Monitors and Scanners
There's an old saying... nothing ever good happens after twelve-
But with common technology available today you have a chance to be prepared
ahead of time with the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Association (NOAA -
Any VHF radio or common Police scanner can receive http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/nwrbro.htm
these warnings and everyday weather forecast. But in order to have an auto alert
warning system in place, you need to have what is known as PUBLIC ALERTTM detectable
receiver. This alert system can also include digital readouts displaying specifically
what the warning is about on selective radio receiver models. You need to have a
receiver capable of using NWR-
This method of transmitting enables radios capable of this technology to be switched on and alert with audio tones and displays when the NOAA sends out, via their transmitter, a warning signal that meets or exceeds the Emergency Alert Systems criteria (EAS.) History of the EAS. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_Broadcast_System
These transmitters are located nationally all across the United States. http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/listcov.htm So every thing from winter storm warnings to tsunami and potential national threats will be activated via this system. And, at minimum, regardless of the type of radio you purchase, it will be able to give an audible alert tone with a vocal message as to the condition of the threat being alerted. Generally a lone tone burst sounds, starting the alert, and then a vocal message follows concerning that threat, and possibly announcing what you should do to keep you and your family safe.
So with this in place most radio manufacturers have taken on the task of meeting the specification necessary to certify their radios capable of this alert system and receive a stamp of approval. These manufacturers include Cobra, Midland and Uniden and many others.
But like any piece of equipment you need to maintain it. Keeping fresh batteries
on hand is a must. Most receivers are multi-
The NOAA will conduct test transmissions from time to time solely to confirm that the ESA system is in full operating condition. So at selective test periods, your receiver will alert with the test only messages being given and any local emergency organization information to be publicly announced. NOAA offers information of programming your radio receiver and their test theology and suggestions on what to do when an alert is released. See http://www.weather.gov/nwr/same.htm#program you'll also find specific frequencies that pertain only to your local area. http://www.weather.gov/nwr/nwrbro.htm
Other articles are also available concerning national emergency and other concerns on Wilderness Geek.com under Scott Eugene's Articles. Please feel free to contact us if you need assistance in selecting the right radio for your needs. Also online on our storefront you'll find all the models mentioned including emergency powered lighting to build your emergency backup systems to assist you during power outages and emergencies. www.wildernessgeek.com
I would like to add that there is a whole world of enjoyment in listening to
local and State VHF / UHF frequency that enable you to monitor Fire, Ambulance and
Police. So when selecting a weather alert monitor, you may consider a Police Scanner
that has the ESA and NOAA functions. One recommendation is the Uniden BCS370CRS 300-
You never know when one radio transmission could mean making it to safety. Happy radio listening!
By Scott Hensler 0/12/2013
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