National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radios may be purchased at most retailers and are the primary tool for alerting people of weather and other emergencies.
In conjunction with Federal, State, and Local Emergency Managers and other public officials, the National Weather Service (NWS) also broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards – including natural (such as tornadoes or hurricanes) and environmental (such as chemical releases). NOAA weather radios will sound an alarm when the National Weather Service issues an emergency alert, followed by a broadcast with details about the emergency; some models can even be programmed for specific geographical areas, allowing you to determine the area(s) covered for which you receive alerts. Visit www.nws.noaa.gov for more information.
Procedures for programming weather radios varies with the brand and model of NOAA weather radio. You will need the owner's manual for your radio in order to program it correctly. If your NOAA weather radio is Specific Area Message Encoding (S.A.M.E.) capable, you may obtain the S.A.M.E. codes for your county by visiting the National Weather Service website at www.weather.gov.