Why Floridians Should Have a NOAA Weather Radio in Their Disaster Preparedness Kit

With today’s technology, anyone can instantly receive weather alerts through a personal device, in addition to traditional media like radio and television. But in an emergency situation where access to these media may be limited, a decades-old tool may be your best bet.

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) provides warnings, watches, and hazard information in English and Spanish around the clock, even when other means of communication may fail.

Called the “Voice of the National Weather Service”, this public service provides a single, comprehensive source of weather and emergency information. During an emergency event, routine weather coverage will be interrupted by major forecasts and warnings.

Florida’s Division of Emergency Management recommends that Floridians use NWR not only during an emergency, but at home, at work, while traveling or while boating and camping.

Additionally, NWR can broadcast critical messages outside of extreme weather conditions, including environmental threats and public safety alerts. NWR operates a total of 32 stations in Florida, from Key West to Pensacola.

NWR broadcasts cannot be heard on typical AM/FM radio. Instead, a special weather radio with access to the VHF public service band can be used to pick up frequencies broadcast by NWR.

Although the National Weather Service does not manufacture or endorse any particular model of weather radio, it does offer guidance on what to look for when purchasing one. He recommends consumers look for a model that features the “Public Alert” logo and/or the “NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards” logo. Many models are battery powered and designed to power an emergency situation.

Now is the time to make sure you have everything you need, including a weather radio, before disaster strikes.

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