Elmore County EMA will be participating in the NOAA Weather Radio Day in Millbrook on Thursday, May 17th from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Walgreens store located at 3720 Highway 14. We will be assisting members of the WSFA-TV weather team and representatives from Midland Radio Corporation with programming NOAA weather radios for anyone who wishes to attend.
Known as The Voice of the National Weather Service (NWS), NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR), provides updated weather information continuously, 24 hours a day, 365-days a year. Watches, warnings, advisories, forecasts, current weather conditions, and climate data are broadcast in three to five minute cycles on NWR stations across the nation. To listen to NWR broadcasts, a special radio capable of receiving signals in the Very High Frequency (VHF) public service radio band is required. Weather radios may be purchased at most electronics stores and online. The NOAA Weather Radio transmitter located in Montgomery, Alabama, serviced by the NWS Birmingham, serves Elmore County. Weather radios with SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) capability may be programmed with just Elmore County’s SAME Code: 001051, to reduce the number of alerts received by the weather radio. NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards is useful anytime, but it becomes more important during severe weather. During threatening weather, normal broadcasts are interrupted, and the focus is shifted to the local severe weather threat. Watches and Warnings are given the highest priority and are frequently updated.
Be sure to come out and get your weather radio programmed to stay ahead of the storm. NOAA Weather Radios will be available for purchase at the Walgreens store, along with the batteries you would need to have in case of a power outage. If you are unable to attend the NOAA Weather Radio Day, feel free to call Elmore County EMA at 334-567-6451 or click this link for more information on how to program your radio at home.
As always, Elmore County EMA encourages you to prepare and be weather aware!