NOAA Weather Radio

Last Updated: Thursday, 15 May 2014 Published: Sunday, 27 April 2014

This map shows the approximate coverage area of the Milford transmitter. Areas in white show where there is reliable coverage. Areas in green have marginal coverage. Red areas have no coverage from the Milford transmitter. (Source: NOAA)

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Working with the Federal Communication Commission's Emergency Alert System, NWR is an all hazards radio network, making it your single source for comprehensive weather and emergency information.

Dickinson County is served by a NWR transmitter located west of Milford. Broadcasting on 162.550 MHz, this station covers all of Dickinson County as well as portions of our neighboring counties. This station alerts for warnings in Dickinson, Osceola, Clay, Emmet, and Palo Alto Counties in Iowa as well as Jackson and Nobles Counties in Minnesota.

Many local electronics and hardware stores carry NOAA Weather Radios as do many online retailers with most radios ranging in price from $25 to $50. Be sure to look for a radio with Specific Area Message Encoding (S.A.M.E.). This feature allows you to program your county's FIPS code into the radio. Doing this will eliminate receiving alerts for other counties that don't affect you. The county code for Dickinson County is 019059 (these are zeros, not O's). Click here to find codes for other counties in the United States.

For more information, visit the NOAA Weather Radio website at www.weather.gov/nwr.

This map shows the approximate coverage area of the Milford transmitter. Areas in white show where there is reliable coverage. Areas in green have marginal coverage. Red areas have no coverage from the Milford transmitter. (Source: NOAA)