Weather Radios – Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Where can I get a weather radio from?

A: Weather radios can be purchased from retail outlets specialized in selling electronics, sporting goods or boat and marine accessories. You can also find many weather radios online.


Q: What is the most important aspect to look for in the best weather radio?

A: There are many features you can find employed on a weather radio, but the most recommended is a model with the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards logo. These radios have all the necessary features so you can be protected all the time, and they have also been tested for user friendliness.

Q: How much should I pay for a weather radio?

A: The pricing for weather radios varies, starting with 20USD. Hand crack ones are a little bit more expensive.

Q: What are the most useful features?

A: The most useful feature is a tone alarm capable of turning on the radio and alerting those in the household, especially during the night. The next in line is SAME, the acronym for Specific Alert Message Encoding, that can be programmed so you receive mainly the alerts concerning a certain area. The ability to select alerts only for certain events is also useful, in case there are events that do not affect you and you have no interest of learning about them.


Q: What to do if the signal is not adequate?

A: There are many reasons for which the signal on a weather radio may not be adequate. First things first, check to see if you are in an area covered by NWR. Bodies of water, forests and deserts standing between you and the station can seriously affect signal quality. Moving to higher elevations can help improving the signal. Taking the radio close to a window facing the direction of the station may also greatly improve signal quality.