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Setting-Up and Registering your school's new All-Hazards NOAA Weather Radio


This string of webpages is designed for a Midland NOAA Weather Monitor Model WR-100. This is the model that was sent to most schools for the national program to outfit all schools with life saving NOAA Weather radios. This page provides a step-by-step guide on how to set up and program your weather radio. 

During the 2006-2007 school year, the National Weather Service partnered with the U.S. Office of Homeland Security in an initiative that sent Midland WR-100 NWR receivers to all public schools in the U.S. Private schools will be outfitted during the 2007-8 school year. This page is intended to help school officials program these radios; it is not intended as an endorsement of this particular receiver over any other receivers.

A weather radio is helpful in preparing you and your family for all weather. It will tell you when the NWS issues a watch or a warning for your county, and other counties if desired. It will also alert if the Dept of Homeland Security issues a public warning for your county.

The broadcast consists of several recorded weather messages which are repeated every few minutes and are routinely revised to provide the latest up-to-date information. Most importantly, these radios will IMMEDIATELY alert you whenever a warning has been issued for your county for any life threatening weather event (tornado, severe thunderstorm, flash flooding, etc.). The broadcasts on NOAA Weather Radio are tailored to the weather needs of the people within the broadcast area, and include a variety of programming subjects.

Starting Up Your Receiver

  • Take Weather Radio out of the box
  • Plug AC Power Adapter into a power outlet. Plug AC Power Adapter into DC Jack on back of the radio 
  • You should also add 3 AA batteries in case of power failure. DO NOT use rechargeable batteries
  • ...AC Power Adapter is plugged into the DC Jack...

NOAA Weather Radio

  • Position the antenna vertical and extend to its full length above the radio. The antenna is located on the back of the radio. If reception is poor, try moving the radio to another location in the room.

Volume Adjustments

  • Be sure the "WEATHER RADIO" switch on the right side is set to "ON"
  • Press "Weather/Snooze"
  • Press ^ or v to adjust the volume

Setting Up The Clock

  • Hit the MENU button
  • Then hit ^ button so the display shows TIME (as shown in the picture)

NOAA Weather Radio

  • Hit SELECT
  • Hit ^ to select the hour and move arrows ^ or v to get the correct hour
  • Hit > to select the minutes, and move arrows ^ or v to get the correct minutes
  • When the right time is displayed hit SELECT * Hit MENU

Setting Up Alerts

  • Hit the MENU button
  • Hit ^ so the display shows ALT TYPE (as shown in the picture)

NOAA Weather Radio

  • Hit SELECT
  • Hit ^ until it displays TONE in the window. With this setting, whenever we issue a life threatening alert for your county, your radio will alarm until someone hits the WEATHER/SNOOZE button to listen to what the warning is. Once your staff hits the WEATHER/SNOOZE button and recieves our warning, you will be able to take appropriate action based on your school's emergency plan.
  • This alert will be an uncommon occurrence, with the exception of the standard Wednesday alert test between 11am and Noon every week. This weekly test lets you know that your radio is working properly and ready to recieve warnings.
  • Hit SELECT
  • Then hit MENU

Finding The Right Channel

  • Hit the MENU button
  • Hit ^ so the display shows CHANNEL
  • Hit the ^ arrow until a channel comes in clearly.
    • If more than one channel comes in, choose the one that is the clearest. 
    • If no channels come in, then try to find a different spot where you may get better reception. Try near a window if possible. If still no luck, there is a red jack on the back of the radio for an antenna. If you attach a larger antenna to the unit, you should have better luck.
  • Hit SELECT

*** Your radio should look like this when you have reception **

NOAA Weather Radio


Selecting Your County in the Radio

  • Hit the MENU button
  • Hit ^ so the display shows SAME SET
  • Hit SELECT
  • Hit ^ arrow until the display reads SINGLE
  • Hit SELECT. After hitting the SELECT button then SAME 01 should appear in the display
  • Hit SELECT again.
  • Find your county using the following web page:
  • Once you find your county in the left hand column, the next column over is your county's SAME code or FIPS code. This code is what you are going to put into your weather radio.
  • If your county is not listed, you probably do not recieve a weather radio broadcast at this time. If you would like to discuss this, please contact your local National Weather Service Forecast Office.
  • Hit ^ or v on your weather radio to change the numbers to get the right FIPS Code. < and > keys switch between the digits.
  • Hit SELECT after FIPS Code is entered
  • Hit MENU

Register Your Schoo's Radio Online


Use this website to quickly register your All-Hazards NOAA Weather Radio on-line:




You have finished setting up your All-Hazards NOAA WEATHER RADIO! We hope you have found this site easy to use and understand. Any questions or feedback about All-Hazards NOAA Weather Radio and this site can be addressed to our NOAA Weather Radio program leader at  Or you can check out the NWS webpage on All-Hazards NOAA Weather Radio