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
NOAA’s Weather Radio (NWR) program is one of the many NWS operational program offices. NOAA Weather Radio is an integral operational entity of every NWS forecast office.
The name, NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, represents radio receivers that are capable of receiving weather and/or warning information from NWS 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 contained in CTA-2009-B. For specific receiver requirements, go to "Conditions For Use Of The NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Logo" on this web site.
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 includes 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.
The first step in the approval process is testing the receiver to ensure it meets the requirements in CTA-2009-B. 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. We recommend the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) in Boulder, CO for CTA-2009-B surveillance testing with the understanding this will be at the requester’s expense. The second step in the approval process is an operational evaluation. This will be done by the NOAA Weather Radio Program Office/Office of Dissemination Branch personnel. Receivers should be submitted to the Dissemination 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 Registered Trade Mark symbol, ®, 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)
- Pantone Reflex blue.
- The logo is set into a white background.
Procedures for requesting use of the All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio logo
A. Use of the NWR logo must be specifically authorized in writing by the NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) Program Office. Requests for authorization to use the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards logo should be submitted to the NWR Program Office on the Application for Use of NWR Image. The application is also available on the NWR web site at Request for Use of NWR Logo.pdf.
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, the person or organization requesting use of the logo must perform the following steps. NWR receivers with either Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) or 1050 Hertz tone alerting capability are eligible to apply for use of the NWR logo. NWR receivers which do not include either of these alerting capabilities are not eligible for NWR logo use.
1) The requester shall submit an application for NWR logo use to the NWR Program Office. Applications can be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail to the following address:
National Weather Service Headquarters
1325 East-West Highway (Room14110)
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
(Attn: NWR Program Office - Weather Radio Evaluation).
2) The NWR Program Office uses the CTA-2009-B “Performance Requirements for Public Alert Receivers” document as a guideline in the evaluation of NWR receiver performance for NWR All Hazards logo use. Requesters are also required to submit CTA-2009-B testing results to the NWR Program Office, along with their logo application. The following documents provide further definition on the specific types of CTA-2009-B test data the NWR Program Office requires for SAME alerting and Tone (1050 Hz) alerting NWR receivers:
SAME Alert Receivers - CTA-2009-B Test Data Requirements
Tone Alert Receivers - CTA-2009-B Test Data Requirements
If the requester does not have capability to perform their own CTA-2009-B testing of the NWR receiver, they may contact the NWR Program Office’s partner test lab, the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) in Boulder, CO and have them perform CTA-2009-B surveillance testing at the requester’s expense. Please contact Raian Kaiser at ITS for information on NWR receiver testing at (303) 497-5491 or e-mail email@example.com. A requester will be required to enter into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with ITS for this testing.
3) The requester is also required to submit a minimum of two production representative samples of the NWR receivers, along with users manuals, to the NWR Program Office for further review, including a basic reliability evaluation, feature and function evaluation, and a determination of user friendliness, all from a consumer’s perspective. Receivers submitted for evaluation to ITS and NWS will not be returned.
4) When the NWR Program Office completes its review of the receivers, the requester will be contacted and advised if NWR logo usage will be authorized for the receiver.
Receivers that meet the minimum standards during the NWS 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 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 are 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 and updated CTA-2009-B testing results.
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 National Weather Service.
CTA STANDARDS (CTA-2009-B). 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 Technology Association (CTA) Standard 2009-B (or current revision), Performance Specification for Public Alert Receivers. SAME capable receivers are required to meet all CTA-2009-B requirements while receivers which alert using the 1050 Hertz tone are required to meet all the CTA-2009-B requirements, with the exception of section 5, which is only pertinent for SAME capable receivers. Visit CTA at www.CTA.tech. To purchase a copy of the CTA-2009-B Standard, visit web site:
There is a difference in the logos used for weather alert receivers. The three logos depicted at the end of this bulletin represent the current logos approved for NOAA Weather Radio Receivers. Each of the logos is different in their definition and the organization sponsoring them. Each logo depicted may, upon receipt of written authorization from the respective controlling organization, be displayed alone or in combination with any of the other logos. It is important to know that each of the logos depicted, in addition to being sponsored by different organizations, are referred to by different names. The NOAA logo, represented by the letters "NOAA" above the sea waves in the circle is a registered trade mark of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards logo, represented by the words "All Hazards" above the letters "NOAA", is a registered trade mark of the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Public Alert logo, represented by the words "Public Alert", is a registered trade mark of the Consumer Electronics Association. Each organization may only authorize use of its respective logo.
Each of the logos discussed require adherence to the specifications contained in CTA-2009-B, and written authorization for use after licensing requirements have been satisfied.
Compliance with all sections of CTA-2009-B 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 CTA. 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 CTA are met.
Only weather band receivers that meet all the requirements of CTA-2009-B, display the CTA Public Alert logo, 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.
To obtain more 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 Technology Association, Technology & Standards Department, 2500 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201. To purchase a copy of the CTA-2009-B Standard, visit website: