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How the Radio Works for You

  Owned by the U.S. Government and operated by a staff trained to address emergencies, the NOAA Public Alert Radio is a service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. NOAA personnel use information from Doppler radar, storm spotters, state and local officials, satellites and other sources to issue warnings. These watches and warnings are broadcast over NOAA systems and also are retransmitted by many local radio and television stations.  With this information, local emergency management and public safety officials can activate local warning systems to alert communities of an impending weather threat.

In June 2004, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Commerce entered into an agreement providing DHS the capability to disseminate terrorism-related information to national and targeted populations over the existing NOAA network.In 2003, the Consumer Electronics Association partnered with NOAA and Environment Canada to establish new industry standards to help ensure the reliability of products carrying publicThe Public Alert logo safety warnings. Products meeting these standards now carry the “Public Alert” logo.

Given the value of this system, the Departments of Homeland Security and Commerce joined with the U.S. Department of Education, and Health and Human Services to launch this distribution program to provide public alert radios to schools. The Consumer Electronics Association is another key partner in this effort.

America is safer when our schools are safer

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