Weather Radios: Fairfax Prepares Day 6

Posted 11:44 a.m.

Day 6 iconDo you have a smoke alarm in your home?

Of course – it alerts you when there’s smoke.

NOAA Weather Radios are like smoke alarms for other dangers. There are three key reasons why you should own a weather radio:

  1. Weather radios alert you to dangers like tornadoes and floods or other incidents such as terrorist attacks.
  2. On standby 24 hours, especially at night to wake you up in case of emergency.
  3. Receive messages directly from the National Weather Service and other agencies immediately.

Without a weather radio, you could miss a critical warning message that could save your life and those in your family.

NOAA Weather Radio logoYou don’t have to buy fancy or costly weather radios (they range from $20-$100). All weather radios are not identical, though. Try to buy one that use S.A.M.E. codes, which allow you to pre-program the weather radio to your location. Fairfax County’s S.A.M.E. code is 051059.

NOAA information and alerts are also available through many smartphone apps, websites and a phone number 703-652-1210, though these options do not actively warn you like a weather radio.

NOAA Weather Radios also can be made accessible to people who are hearing impaired. In some situations, it can be connected to an existing alerting system in a deaf or hard of hearing person’s home or some come with an LCD display, warning lights or simple texts that make alerts visible.

Exclamation point iconTHE ASK: Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio by the end of September. If you already own a weather radio, then perhaps purchase one now as a holiday gift for a family member or friend.

TELL US you’ve done this:

  • Post a quick reply in this blog’s comments section below such as “I’ve done this.”
  • Use the Twitter hashtag #fairfaxprepares and tweet your accomplishment. Include photos if you’d like.
  • Like our special Facebook page for this campaign to leave comments and share tips with your friends.
  • Email us at that you accomplished an ask.



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11 responses to “Weather Radios: Fairfax Prepares Day 6”

  1. Randy Allen says :

    I’ve done this.

  2. Betsy says :

    So far , we’ve done all 6 steps.

  3. Heather says :

    I’ve been meaning to get a weather radio for years now, and your series finally gave me the “round tuit” I needed. Thanks!

  4. Heidi Toloczko says :

    I have done this!

  5. Steve C. says :

    Have done this also!

  6. Micah MacDonald says :

    Any suggestions for an iPhone weather app that has audible warnings?

    • Fairfax County Emergency Information says :

      Hi Micah: Thanks for the question. For hurricane and flood warnings, download the American Red Cross “Hurricane” app and you can set your location to receive push notifications. Otherwise, we can’t recommend other iPhone apps with audible warnings. We know there are many apps out there, so read the descriptions and reviews carefully.