Weather radios programmed for free

PLYMOUTH — Marshall County Emergency Management, Walgreen's and the Marshall County Amateur Radio Club will program NOAA weather radios from 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturday at the Michigan Street Walgreen's.

“ We don’t have the ability to put warning sirens in every location in Marshall County, Clyde Avery, Emergency Management director, said. “The down side to sirens is that they warn people who are outside to seek shelter, but don’t give them specifics about the kind of emergency.”

The radios are tuned to the NOAA transmitter, which for this area is located in South Bend. In the event of severe weather event, those with a radio are advised what the event is and what to do. this gives them time to react and plan the course of action they will take, Avery said.

In addition to receiving weather warning information, the NOAA Weather/All Hazard Alert Radios are capable of receiving other types of warning information approved by the Department of Homeland Security, Avery said in a press release announcing the event. These messages include those sent by local and state Emergency Operations Centers authorized to disseminate warnings on the National Weather Radio operational frequencies.

NOAA Weather/All Hazard Alert Radio is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the National Weather Service office in Northern Indiana. The National Weather Service broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Specific Area Message Encoding Technology (S.A.M.E.) allows the radio to be programmed to filter National Weather Service broadcasts of warnings and emergency alerts for a selected geographic area.

For information on severe weather preparedness or preparing for any other types of hazards that may occur in Marshall County, contact the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency at 936-3740.