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Protect Your Family with an NOAA All-Hazard Warning Radio

"NOAA weather radios should be as common in homes and public places as smoke detectors." -- Mark Trail

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These are uncertain times. The September 11, 2001 murders in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania underscore the need for Americans to know what is going on around them. We rely heavily on commercial broadcasters, cable televisions, and our telephones to learn what it is we think we need to know. But is this enough?

Did you know that the six hundred fifty National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service radio stations and the Federal Communications Commission Emergency Alert System have teamed up to provide a weather and emergency action notification service for all U.S. citizens? Did you also know that you can be part of that system just by purchasing an inexpensive NOAA Weather Radio that is equipped with emergency alerting SAME technology?

Specific Area Message Encoding or SAME, allows the National Weather Service radio station near you to send alert messages for your area directly to your NOAA SAME weather radio. All you do is select the weather radio frequency for your area and program your radio with the SAME alerting code for your county. You then install your weather radio where you will hear the radio's alarm when it goes off. It is that simple. It is very much like adding a smoke or carbon monoxide detector to your home.

The NOAA Weather Radio will alert you to weather emergencies as well as emergencies declared by local or national officials. You will know what's wrong and what to do about it to keep your family safe.

The EAS replaced the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) in 1994 as a tool for the President of United States and other officials to warn the public about emergency situations. Given the threats to our peace and tranquility that exist today in addition to severe weather conditions that can exist throughout our country it makes sense to own an alerting device that gives you warnings that can keep you safe.

You can purchase a SAME NOAA Weather Radio Receiver at many locations near your home or from sites on the Internet. The NOAA Consumer Information page provides a list of companies where you can purchase your SAME weather radio. NOAA also links to the U.S. Product Safety Commission where you can find information about product recalls before making a purchase.

The NOAA Website enables you to find the frequency of the NOAA Weather Transmitter serving your geographical area. Special maps are available online that show the coverage areas of the high-power NOAA weather radio stations. The NOAA weather radio stations transmit on: 162.400 162.425 162.450 162.475 162.500 162.525 and 162.550 MHz. Please note that many radio scanners and even some newer model FRS radios include weather radio features. Not every receiver capable of receiving the weather stations has the SAME alert technology. When you buy a weather receiver for alerting purposes buy one with SAME technology included.

Your NOAA SAME Weather Radio will now quietly monitor the weather channel for severe weather or disaster warnings. According to NOAA this is what you can expect to hear when an alert comes through: "Only the most imminent life-and property-threatening hazards are broadcasted with the SAME signal and 1050 Hertz warning alarm tone, where the public has to take immediate action to protect themselves and their property. An operational guideline is that messages are alerted only for hazards urgent enough to warrant waking people up in the "middle of the night" or otherwise interrupting someone's activities at any time. "

We suggest you spend some time reading more about SAME technology. If you have more questions take advantage of the FAQ and consumer information you will find there. A special Personal Wireless message forum is located right here at Popular Wireless Magazines for weather radios. We think it is that important.

Buy a SAME technology weather radio for your family today.

Last updated November 12, 2004

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