One of the most important preparedness tools you can have at home or work is a NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio.

Outdoor Warning Sirens aren’t designed to alert you when you’re inside; that’s what the weather radio is for. A weather radio is your indoor tornado siren.

NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Think of it as your smoke alarm for weather. Remember, there are many ways we can receive emergency alerts, but you should never rely on just one. TV, Radio, Smartphone Apps, Social Media and Automated Phone Calls are beneficial – but they shouldn’t be your only method of receiving alerts.

Severe weather and other emergencies can and do happen during the night when people are more vulnerable and may not have a television or radio turned on. Weather alert apps on smartphones and social media may not wake you up! A battery back-up weather alert radio is recommended and is the most effective way to monitor, and receive severe weather watches and warnings because they are always on and ready to sound an alarm at any time of the day or night.

Get Prepared with a Weather Radio

You can purchase a weather radio online or from most retail stores, hardware stores or even at the grocery store for around $30. When buying your radio, look for those with battery back-ups (in case of power outages) and those with SAME technology. SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) allows you to set your radio so it will only alert you when there is a threat in your area.

Remember: Check your weather radio batteries regularly! A good time to do this is when you replace your smoke alarm batteries.

Programming your Weather Radio

Follow your weather radio instruction manual. If you have a radio that accepts SAME codes, Franklin County is: 021073. It’s also a good idea to program in counties to the West since most bad weather moves from that direction. The SAME code for Shelby County is: 021211. For a full listing of Kentucky SAME codes, click here.

Franklin County SAME Code: 021073

Need Help?

If you have questions about weather radios, or need help programming yours, get in touch with us!

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