May 19th is NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Awareness Day in Nebraska. The network is a group of radio stations broadcasting information from the nearest National Weather Service office. The radio continuously broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazards 24/7. Hazards such as natural, technological, non-weather, and national emergencies can be broadcasted. This radio is the single source for comprehensive weather and emergency information available to the public.
During severe weather or other emergencies, the routine weather broadcasts are interrupted with special warning messages. Some may hear an alarm indicating a weather emergency or other hazard exist, alerting the listener to turn on their receiver. Because of the alerts, weather radios are also described as “smoke alarms for severe weather.”
WXM-20 is the station that broadcasts to the following counties in Nebraska: Butler, Cass, Gage, Johnson, Lancaster, Otoe, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, and Seward.
To learn more about NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, visit their website here.