Weather Radio

Having a NOAA Weather Radio in your home and workplace could save your life. Weather radios are designed to broadcast special frequencies and alert owners of hazards. The weather radio you buy can be set to silent until a warning of your choice occurs, at which point, it will alert you.

You cannot rely on television programs to warn you of an approaching tornado when the power is out. Only a weather radio, which is equipped with a backup battery, is only the truly fool-proof way to get your severe weather warnings. Even city-wide tornado sirens are fallible—tornadoes have been known to tear down siren alert systems in their paths.

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards transmitters broadcast on one of seven VHF frequencies from 162.400 MHz to 162.550 MHz. The broadcasts cannot be heard on a simple AM/FM radio receiver. There are many receiver options, however, ranging from handheld portable units which just pick up Weather Radio broadcasts, to desktop and console models which receive Weather Radio as well as other broadcasts.

You can purchase a basic weather radio for as little as $20. They are sold at most electronics stores, including Radio Shack and Amazon.com.

Residential Grade Radios and Features (In the United States)

Tone alarm

The National Weather Service will send a 1050 Hz tone alarm before most warning and many watch messages are broadcast. The tone will activate all the receivers which are equipped to receive it, even if the audio is turned off. This is especially useful for warnings which occur during the night when most people are asleep.

SAME technology

SAME, or Specific Alert Message Encoding allows you to specify the particular area for which you wish to receive alerts. Most warnings and watches broadcast over NOAA Weather Radio are county-based or independent city-based (parish-based in Louisiana), although in a few areas of the country the alerts are issued for portions of counties. Since most NWR transmitters are broadcasting for a number of counties, SAME receivers will respond only to alerts issued for the area (or areas) you have selected. This minimizes the number of "false alarms" for events which might be a few counties away from where you live.

Selectable alerting of events

While SAME allows you to specify a particular area of interest, some receivers allow you to turn off alarms for certain events which might not be important to you. For example, if you live in a coastal county, but not right at the beach, you might not care about Coastal Flood Warnings. This feature may also be called "Event Blocking" or "Defeat Siren".

Battery backup

Since power outages often occur during storms, having a receiver with battery backup can be crucial. However, unless you have a portable unit which you will use away from other power sources, an AC power connection is recommended to preserve battery life.

External antenna jack

While most receivers come with a whip antenna which can usually be extended out from the unit, depending on your location you may need an external antenna to get a good reception. Some receivers come with an external antenna jack (normally in the back of the unit) which will allow you to connect to a larger antenna (which can be indoors or outdoors). You can often purchase these as accessories at the same place where you bought your receiver, or from most stores with an electronics department. NWR broadcasts are in the Public Service VHF frequencies, just above FM radio and between the current TV channels 6 and 7 - so an antenna designed for analog VHF televisions or FM radios should work. Or, you can make your own antenna. Go to this web site for more information.

External device jack (special needs)

Some radios have a jack to plug-in external notification devices, such as strobe lights or bed shakers, which can be useful for those with special needs.

Source: NOAA.gov

Active Stations

Total Stations: 139

Total Listeners: 53

State City Callsign Frequency Source Listeners
AL Birmingham KIH54 162.55 Website mp3 URL 2 Listen | Standalone
AL Huntsville KIH20 162.4   mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
AL Florence KIH57 162.475   mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
AR Little Rock WXJ55 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
AR Springdale WNG694 162.4 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
AR Fort Smith WXJ50 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
AZ Tucson WXL30 162.4 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
AZ Safford KXI24 162.55 Website mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
CA Los Angeles KWO37 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
CA Coachella KIG78 162.4 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
CA Yosemite KAD94 162.45   mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
CA Fresno KIH62 162.4 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
CA Monterey KEC49 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
CA Victorville WXM66 162.5 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
CA El Paso Mountns. WNG659 162.425   mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
CA Grass Valley WWF67 162.4 Website mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
CO Fort Collins/Ault WXM92 162.45   mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
CO Dillon WNG737 162.400   mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
CO Denver KEC76 162.55 Website mp3 URL 4 Listen | Standalone
FL Fort Myers WXK83 162.475 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
FL Pensacola KEC86 162.4 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
FL Melbourne WXJ70 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
FL Sarasota WWG59 162.4 Website mp3 URL 2 Listen | Standalone
FL Orlando KIH63 162.475 Website mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
GA Clayton KXI81 162.45 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
GA Jesup WXJ28 162.45 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
GA Savannah KEC85 162.4   mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
HI Maui WWG75 162.4 Website mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
IA Saint Ansgar KXI68 162.45 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
IA Waterloo WXL94 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
IL Dixon KZZ55 162.525 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
IL Odell WXK24 162.45 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
IL Peoria WXJ71 162.475 Website mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
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IL Quad Cities WXJ73 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
IL Marion WXM49 162.425 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
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IN Angola KXI94 162.425 Website mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
IN Indianapolis KEC74 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
IN Evansville KIG76 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
KS Wichita KEC59 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
KS Topeka WXK91 162.475 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
KS Dodge City WXK93 162.475   mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
KY Lexington KIH41 162.4   mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
KY Ashland KIH39 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
LA Monroe WXJ96 162.55 Website mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
MA Worcester WXL93 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
MA Boston KHB35 162.475 Website mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
MD Baltimore KEC83 162.4 Website mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
ME Falmouth KDO95 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
ME Dresden WSM60 162.475 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
MI Traverse City KIH22 162.4 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
MI Detroit KEC63 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
MI Grand Rapids KIG63 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
MI Wolf Lake WNG672 162.425 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
MN Minneapolis/Saint Paul KEC65 162.55   mp3 URL 2 Listen | Standalone
MN Clearwater WNG676 162.5 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
MN Saint Cloud WXL65 162.4   mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
MN Winona KGG95 162.425 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
MN Appleton KXI32 162.55 Website mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
MO Camdenton WXJ90 162.550 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
MO Hannibal WXK82 162.475 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
MO Saint Louis KDO89 162.550 Website mp3 URL 2 Listen | Standalone
MO Branson KZZ43 162.550 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
MO Saint Louis KDO89 162.550 Website mp3 URL 2 Listen | Standalone
MS Booneville KIH53 162.4 Website mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
MS Meridian KIH49 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
NC Rocky Mount WXL59 162.475 Website mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
NC Linville WNG538 162.45 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
NC Henderson WNG586 162.5 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
NC Chapel Hill WXL58 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
NC Winston-Salem WXL42 162.4 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
ND Fargo WXK42 162.475   mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
NE Grand Island WXL74 162.4 Website mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
NE Omaha KIH61 162.4 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
NE Holdrege WXL75 162.475 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
NE Lincoln WXM20 162.475 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
NH Mount Washington KZZ41 162.5 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
NH Holderness WNG545 162.55 Website mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
NV Fernley WWG20 162.45 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
NV Reno WXK58 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
NY Syracuse WXL31 162.55   mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
NY Rochester KHA53 162.4 Website mp3 URL 2 Listen | Standalone
NY Norwich KHC49 162.525 Website mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
NY Albany WXL34 162.55 Website mp3 URL 2 Listen | Standalone
NY Riverhead WXM80 162.475 Website mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
OH Columbus KIG86 162.55 Website mp3 URL 2 Listen | Standalone
OH Toledo WXL51 162.50 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
OH Cleveland KHB59 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
OH Sandusky KHB97 162.4 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
OH Grafton WNG698 162.5 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
OK Stillwater WNG654 162.5 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
OK Bartlesville WNG644 162.425 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
OK Oklahoma City WXK85 162.4 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
OR Florence WNG674 162.5 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
OR Eugene KEC42 162.4 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
OR Portland KIG98 162.55 Website mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
PA Erie KEC58 162.4 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
PA Allentown WXL39 162.4   mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
PR San Juan WXJ69 162.4 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
RI Providence WXJ39 162.4 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
SC Charleston KHB29 162.55   mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
SC Conway/Myrtle Beach KEC95 162.4 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
SD Lead WXL23 162.525 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
SD Sioux Falls WXM28 162.4   mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
SD Aberdeen WXM25 162.475 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
TN Vale KHA46 162.45 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
TN Memphis WXK49 162.475 Website mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
TX San Antonio WXK67 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
TX Dallas KEC56 162.4 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
TX Corsicana KXI87 162.525 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
TX Galveston KHB40 162.55   mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
TX Amarillo WXK38 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
TX San Angelo WXK33 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
TX Crowley / Fort Worth KEC55 162.55   mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
TX Houston KGG68 162.4 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
TX Tyler WXK36 162.475   mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
VA Roanoke WXL60 162.475 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
VA Manassas KHB36 162.55 Website mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
VA Sand Mountn WZ2500 162.450 Website mp3 URL 1 Listen | Standalone
VA Norfolk KHB37 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
VT Windsor WXM44 162.475 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
VT Burlington KIG60 162.4 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
WA Seattle KHB60 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
WA Davis Peak WNG604 162.525 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
WA Olympia WXM62 162.475 Website mp3 URL 2 Listen | Standalone
WI Madison WXJ87 162.55 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
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WI Wausaukee WNG553 162.4 Website mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
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WI Green Bay KIG65 162.55   mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
WV Beckley WXM71 162.55   mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone
WY Cheyenne WXM37 162.55   mp3 URL 0 Listen | Standalone

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