NOAA Alert Radio Provides 24-Hour Alerts

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NOAA Weather Radar  

Access to timely information about the weather can help you prepare for adverse conditions. For this reason, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Alert Radio is recommended as standard equipment in every home and public gathering place. A properly programmed NOAA Radio will provide instant access to the same weather reports and emergency information used by meteorologists and emergency personnel. These can be purchased at any electronics store and they range in price from $20.00 to $80.00.

Columbia County Emergency Services Division received a federal hazard mitigation grant to purchase 700 NOAA Alert Radios to place in public facilities, including city and county offices, fire departments, EMS substations, libraries, churches, banks, day care centers, nursing homes, schools, etc.   Additionally, we received grant funds through our CERT training program to provide each member of the CERT team with a NOAA Alert Radio.


The National Weather Service has expanded the NOAA Alert Radio coverage area by adding new transmitter sites. In the past, everyone in the CSRA has been assigned to frequency 162.550. This frequency works well for the vast majority of our area....however, there are a few locations that have some difficulty in picking up that frequency. If you have trouble picking up 162.550, there are two frequencies that you can try that may give you better reception now that transmitters have been installed. These are 162.450 and 162.425.Midland WR100

To change your frequency, just look at the instruction book that came with your radio or go to the Website for your brand of radio and it will tell you how to change it so you can find the frequency that gives you the best coverage.

As an example, we have two NOAA Alert Radios here in the Emergency Operations Center in two separate locations. One of these radios gets better reception on 162.550 and the other gets better reception on 162.450, even though they are both in the same building.


Remember, NOAA Alert Radios will give you timely warnings for severe weather, civil emergencies...such as chemical releases, and child abduction alerts...known in Georgia as "Levi's Call". Now that you have other frequency options, take advantage and see what works best in your location.


The brochure below will provide additional information on NOAA Alert Radios in Georgia, as well as the frequencies needed to program your radio.

NOAA brochure

Download the Midland Weather Radio Users Manual

You can access other weather radio users manuals by visiting the National Weather Service web site.

If you need assistance with programming your NOAA Alert Radio, please contact our office at (706) 868-3303, or contact us by email 


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