January 20, 2021
Undoubtedly, you've heard the term weather band and weather alert radios before, and though many people group them together, they are very different. How do you choose the best weather radio for you?
Both types use the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio network, which is why many weather radios have the NOAA logo on the box. NOAA does not manufacture weather band or weather alert radios, but it does permit companies to use the NOAA logo on qualified radios capable of receiving the NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) emergency broadcast signal. The NOAA transmits severe weather, natural, technological and national emergency watches, warnings and post-event communications.
Since any weather radio in the United States is capable of picking up the NWR signal, choose your weather radio based on whether you want a weather alert or weather band model. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommends every home and school have a weather alert radio. And for good reason…