Skip Navigation Link www.nws.noaa.gov
NOAA logo - Click to go to the NOAA homepage National Weather Service NWS logo - Click to go to the NWS homepage
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards
 

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards

NOAA’s Weather Radio All Hazards Logo

Please read all conditions and restrictions before submitting the

Request for Use of NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Logo form

WORD Format

PDF Format

NOAA’s Weather Radio (NWR) program is one of the many operational program offices of the National Weather Service, an agency of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NWR program office is located in the National Weather Service Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. NOAA Weather Radio is an integral operational entity of each National Weather Service office and facility in the United States and all U.S. possessions.

The name, NOAA Weather Radio, represents radio receivers that are capable of receiving weather and/or warning information from National Weather Service Forecast Offices, approved Department of Homeland Security offices responsible for the dissemination of warning information, and those Emergency Operation Centers that have been specifically authorized to disseminate warnings on the NWR operational frequencies. To be called a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receiver, the device must possess specific receiver requirements. These receiver requirements will be discussed later.

NWR provides 24 hour broadcasts of local weather information and warnings of severe weather specific to each of its broadcast locations. The NWR program also has the distinction of providing warning information for any and all hazards that may affect the communities served by local NWR broadcasts, as well as warnings that are disseminated on a state and/or national level. The scope of the all hazard warnings include both natural and man made situations that would mandate notification and/or advisories to citizens in the broadcast area. State and national warnings also include terrorist activity and/or situations of civil unrest. The warning situations mentioned herein are not all inclusive but go to defining the scope of the warning responsibilities of NWR.

It must be noted that the NWR program office is not a testing facility, nor is it a certification laboratory. Any receiver testing must be accomplished by an independent test or certification facility. Receivers should be submitted to the Disseminations Branch of the NWR program office for operational evaluation by NWR program office staff and/or engineers prior to authorization for use of the NWR All Hazards logo. (Receivers submitted for evaluation may not be returned.)

The NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards logo, pictured above, is a graphic with the words “All Hazards” printed in the color red above the acronym “NOAA”. NOAA is printed in the color blue featuring all capital letters and the front leg on the letter “N” is elongated and shaped in the form of a lightning bolt, and the second letter “A” is elongated with a red dot at the apex of the letter “A” and three concentric circles emanating from the dot (in the color red). Centered below the acronym “NOAA” is the product name, “Weather Radio” printed in blue. Centered below the product name, “Weather Radio”, is the agency name, “NOAA’s National Weather Service” which is over-lined and underlined with a horizontal line, all in the color blue. The Trade Mark letters “TM” will immediately follow and be on the same plane and color as the bottom horizontal line. The logo is set onto a white background.

The official colors for NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards logo are Pantone 200 CVU (red) and Pantone Reflex blue. The logo is set into a white background.

Conditions and restrictions for use of the All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio logo are enumerated here.

a. Use of the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards logo must be specifically authorized in writing by the Director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. Requests for authorization to use the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards logo should be submitted to the Director’s office on the Application for Use of NWR Image (attachment 1), or via letter that addresses all the required fields in the application. The application is also available on the NWR web site at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr.

b. Before an application for use of the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards logo can be approved for use on weather radio receivers or devices containing weather radio receiver modules, a minimum of two samples of the receiver must be submitted to NOAA’s National Weather Service for evaluation. A copy of the receiver specifications should accompany the submitted receivers.

As previously noted, the NWR program office is not a certification laboratory. The evaluation of the submitted receivers will be conducted by engineers who will conduct a basic reliability evaluation, feature and function evaluation, and a determination of suitability, all from a consumer’s perspective. The NWR program office reserves the right to forward devices submitted for evaluation to a testing facility for additional testing and/or evaluation. Manufacturers submitting devices for evaluation are responsible for certifying to the National Weather Service/NWR that their product meets the receiver standards as specified in CEA-2009-A. Receivers submitted for evaluation may not be returned.

Receivers that meet the minimum standards during the in-house evaluation will be recommended for use of the logo. Camera-ready artwork of the logo will accompany a letter to the requester indicating the conditions for usage of the logo. Receivers that do not meet minimum requirements will cause a letter to be sent to the requester indicating that use of the logo is not authorized and the basis of that decision.

Any claims by consumers against the receiver, to include operational characteristics, quality, standards, and/or features must be addressed by the manufacturer. NWR and the National Weather Service will not hold harmless any receiver manufacturer for the operations or features of their product.

c. Applications for use of the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards logo is model specific. A separate application must be submitted for each model of receiver being evaluated. If a weather radio receiver is authorized to display the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards logo and that receiver is subsequently modified, updated, or enhanced, then a new application must be submitted, along with two samples of the modified receiver.

Once a brand and model weather band receiver has been authorized to use the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards logo, thereby classifying it as a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receiver, subsequent distribution by a commercial re-seller does not alter the classification as a NWR All Hazards receiver, provided that the receiver has not been altered.

d. The size and color of the logo may be changed to contrast with equipment or packaging background colors. However, the logo design must not be altered in any way. The NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards logo may not be used with or in conjunction with any phrase, slogan, comment, endorsement, advertisement, or promotion, unless specifically authorized in writing by the Director of NOAA’s National Weather Service.

To be classified as a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receiver, the receiver must meet, at a minimum, stringent requirements as specified in the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Standard 2009-A (or current revision), Performance Specification for Public Alert Receivers, with the exception to section 5 of the standard. Section 5 of CEA-2009-A pertains to Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME). Compliance to this section is not required when seeking authorization to use the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards logo, all other sections must be complied with. Visit CEA on line at www.CE.org.

Compliance with all sections of CEA-2009-A would classify a weather band receiver as a Public Alert receiver. Public Alert receivers are authorized to display the Public Alert logo, after official certification and adherence to licensing requirements from CEA. A weather band receiver may display both, the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards and the Public Alert logos, if logo requirements from both NOAA’s National Weather Service and CEA are met.

Only weather band receivers that meet all the requirements of CEA-2009-A, and have received specific written authorization from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce, are authorized to display the NOAA logo.

For evaluation of weather band receivers, forward a minimum of two receivers to the National Weather Service Headquarters, 1325 East-West Highway (Room 3354), Silver Spring Maryland 20910 (Attn: Disseminations Branch - Weather Radio Evaluation). Include the receiver specifications and contact information for the requester.

To obtain information for use of the NOAA logo, contact the Office of NOAA’s General Counsel at (301) 713-1337.

To obtain information for use of the Public Alert logo, contact the Consumer Electronics Association, Technology & Standards Department, 2500 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201. To purchase a copy of the CEA-2009-A Standard, contact Global Engineering Documents at the web site http://global.ihs.com or email global@his.com

NOAA
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards
Public Alert

 



NOAA, National Weather Service
Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services
1325 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Questions, Comments?

Disclaimer Privacy Policy