NOAA All-Hazard Weather Radios serve as a personal alerting device for your home. National Weather Radio (NWR) works with the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Alert System to become a single source for comprehensive weather and emergency information. NWR broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards that McKinney may face, including:
- Natural disasters, such as severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, extreme heat or severe winter weather
- Environmental disasters, such as hazardous materials spills, chemical releases and oil spills
- Public safety, such as Amber Alerts, 911 telephone outages and national emergencies
NOAA is also using new technology with their weather information, called Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME). SAME provides specific, timely information in a digital format on the nature and location of a threat to the safety of those most immediately at risk from severe weather or hazards. The SAME six-digit identification format (048085 for McKinney residents) allows listeners to receive only messages and information for their selected geographic areas. Currently, if using a SAME enabled NOAA All-Hazard Weather Radio, threat messages are disseminated based on the county or counties that have been programmed by the user.
Station Listings & Transmitter Frequencies
Residents in the City of McKinney should be able to pick up one of four frequencies from the National Weather Service, depending on your location in the city. Residents will need to follow the directions that come with the radio to determine which frequency provides the best coverage at their location. Visit the National Weather Service's website for a coverage map.
Where to Get a NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio
Many different types and brands of weather radios are available; it is important to use one that includes NOAA weather channels in the description, and SAME technology to filter broadcast messages to a selected geographic area. These radios are available through online outlets, discount stores, pharmacies and electronics stores.