Internet Sites:
Companies That Manufacture or Market NOAA Weather Radios:

The U.S. Government does not endorse any particular make or model of receiver. This list, which contains many of the NOAA Weather Radio/EAS receiver manufacturers and suppliers, is intended to illustrate the variety of products currently available. As each receiver is unique and has multiple features, buyers should determine which receiver best meets their particular needs. They should purchase the receiver only under the condition that it can be returned if it doesn't work at their location.

Standard NOAA Weather Radio (Receives only NWR broadcasts with alarms for all watches and warnings): Cherokee Electronics, Communistar, Inc., Computer Automation Technology, First Alert, Hamtronics, Homesafe, Inc., Maxon, Midland, MTS Communications, Oregon Scientific, Radio Shack, Reach Electronics, SunMate, Weatherman Alert, and TMC, Inc.

NOAA Weather Radio with Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) (Receives only NWR broadcasts with programmable alarms for specific areas and specific watch and warning events): Alert Products, Cherokee Electronics, First Alert, Gorman-Redlich, Homesafe, INH Technology, MTS Communications, Oregon Scientific, Radio Shack, Thunder Eagle, and Weatherman Alert.

Consumer Products (multi-purpose electronics, AM/FM receivers, clock radios, AM/FM/TV band receivers, and AM/FM/cassette players): Cherokee Electronics, General Electric, Grundig, Midland, Motorola, Oregon Scientific, Radio Shack, Sony, C.C. Crane, Remington, Sunmate, Wilson Sporting Goods, and Zenith.

Marine: Apelco, Cobra, Garmin, Humminbird, ICOM, Radio Shack, Ranger, Raytheon, Ross, Shakespeare, Standard, Uniden, and West Marine.

CB: Cobra, General Electric, Maxon, Midland, Radio Shack, Uniden.

Scanner: Radio Shack, Uniden.

Automotive: Audiovox, BMW, Cadillac, Clarion, Denon, Land Rover, Mercedes, Panasonic, Saab, and Suzuki.

Cable TV: Hollyanne.

Aviation: Bendix/King, ICOM, and Yaesu.

Emergency Alert (primarily for commercial use): ASI, DataRadio, Earth Alert, Federal Warning Systems, Hollyanne, Sage, TFT, Thunder Eagle, and Weather Warning Systems.

Receivers are available at many retail stores that carry electronic equipment, auto radios, marine supplies, and sports equipment. They are also available at office supply stores, truck stops, on cable shopping networks, on the Internet, in specialty catalogs, from auto dealers, and directly through newspaper and magazine ads.


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 Code of Federal Regulations


 Central Intelligence Agency


 U.S. Department of Commerce


 U.S. Department of Transportation


 Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


 Emergency Alert System


 Federal Communications Commission


 Federal Emergency Management Agency


 Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites


 Global Positioning System


 U.S. General Services Administration


 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program


 National Aeronautics and Space Administration


 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce


 National Disaster Information System


 Natural Disaster Reduction Initiative


 National Partnership for Reinventing Government


 National Science Foundation


 National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce


 NOAA Weather Radio


 National Weather Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce


 Office of Management and Budget


 Office of Science and Technology Policy


 Personal Communications Service


 Rural Utilities Services, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


 Specific Area Message Encoding


 U.S. Subcommittee on Natural Disaster Reduction


U.S. Department of Agriculture


 U.S. Geological Survey


Multi-Agency Working Group Members:

Eric Anderson, Office of the Vice President
Vincent Brown, FEMA
Ed Cameron, USDA, RUS
Anthony Haynes, USDA, RUS
Marci Hilt, USDA, Office of Communications
Stewart Levy, GSA
Jeng Fen Mao, NTIA
Ken Putkovich, NWS
John Sokich, NWS
George Wilcox, NOAA

Special Thanks To:

Steve Butterfield, NPR
Robert Coullahan, SAIC
Eva Cuevas, USDA, Design Center
Gary Fairgrieve, USGS
Joe Gattuso, NTIA
William Hooke, NOAA
Julie Olson, USDA, Design Center
Elaine Padovani, OSTP
Barry Reichenbaugh, NWS
Mark Reichert, NPR
Drew Sachs, FEMA
Barbara Smedo, NOAA
Susan Valaskovic, NPR
Morley Winograd, NPR
Jennifer Wagner, OMB

Reprinted April 2000

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). 

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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