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Q: I have an NWR receiver but it does not convey warnings with Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME)? Will this receiver alert me for Partial County warnings?

A: If your receiver does not include SAME but does respond to an alert warning tone, then you will receive all warnings for all the counties broadcast from the NWR transmitter you are tuned to.

NWS highly encourages NWR users to look for receivers with the Public Alert™ logo or identified as a SAME-capable receiver. Receivers meeting the criteria for the Public AlertTM will have the ability to properly receive county-partitioned warnings.

Q: I have an NWR receiver with SAME. I only wish to receive warnings for my area. How do I know what six digit SAME location code I should program into my receiver?

A: Details on SAME location codes for full counties and partial counties are available at: or by dialing 1-888-NWR-SAME

Many Weather Forecast Offices with partitioned counties will provide additional information, such as maps, to help you determine the six digit SAME location code for your area of the county. Depending on your area of interest, you may program one or more partial county location codes for your receiver.

To receive the full benefit of Partial County Alerting, program in the partial county SAME codes for which you wish to be alerted. Remove the full county SAME code (that is, the six digit code beginning with zero). If you do not remove the full county code, you will continue to be alerted for all warnings for the county.

General information on SAME location codes with a non-zero first digit:

Q: I have an NWR receiver with SAME. But I’ve decided I still want to receive all warnings for my county. What should I do?

For partitioned counties, NWR users who wish to continue to receive warnings issued for any location in their county should program the full-county code. This is the SAME county location code with a leading digit of zero.

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