National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
The NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Why have a NOAA All-Hazards Radio?
We recommend that every household have an all-hazards radio. However, to help you decide we are providing the following information and suggesting that you ask yourself these questions:
How do you currently receive severe weather and other public warning?
Many people would say they receive these alerts from the outdoor sirens or from warnings broadcast on local television or radio. Are these sources completely, 100 percent reliable? Do you have a back-up source of information?
A NOAA All-Hazards Radio is designed and intended to be an indoor warning device. It is always on, and will wake you up if you are sleeping.
Where can I purchase a weather radio?
NOAA All-Hazards Radios are available through local electronics stores, as well as from a large number of sources on the internet. The National Weather Service maintains a list of manufacturers and retail outlets, available here: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/info/nwrrcvr.html
Are there options for people who are hearing impaired?
Yes. Weather radio receivers capable of providing text information from the NOAA National Weather Service radio broadcasts are widely available.
This site, maintained by the National Weather Service provides a good summary of available weather radio receivers and alerting devices, available here: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/info/shhh.html
How can I get more information?
Contact Eau Claire County Emergency Management if you need assistance in selecting or setting up a weather alert radio to meet your specific needs.