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There are numerous ways to receive weather alerts including local broadcast media, radio, smartphones, websites, and word of mouth. But how will you receive hazardous weather information in the event of a power outage or in times of no phone service? Every second matters in times of emergency, and NOAA Weather Radio is one of the most reliable ways to stay informed in the event of hazardous weather.

Known as the "Voice of the National Weather Service," NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts official warnings, watches, forecasts, and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even in the event of a power outage. In conjunction with federal, state, and local emergency managers, NOAA Weather Radio also broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards, including natural, environmental, and public safety. That means you will also receive alerts regarding earthquakes, avalanches, chemical releases, and AMBER alerts.

NOAA Weather Radio with bed shaker and strobe light attachments





NOAA recognizes the challenges that deaf and hard of hearing people have regarding the NOAA Weather Radio. In order to help mitigate some of these challenges, many assistive devices can be hooked up to the radio such as strobe lights or pillow and bed shakers. These adapters can include colorized warning lights to indicate the level of alert - Statement, Watch, or Warning - and an LCD readout of specific warnings such as "Tornado Warning" or "Severe Thunderstorm Warning". All Hazards Radio lets you program your location so that alerts for other locations are screened out. The radio is also battery-operated and portable, making it reliable during times of power outages or evacuations.


There are seven transmitters (Albuquerque, Portales, Des Moines, Farmington, Santa Fe, Roswell, and Ruidoso) that serve the Albuquerque forecast office's area. For more information on these transmitters, their frequencies, and the areas they serve, click here. Interested in buying one? Radios can be found at most department and electronic stores as well as online retailers that sell electronics.