NOAA Weather Radios
A pilot program that provides NOAA Weather Radios for distribution to residents across the county.
About the Program
The National Weather Service's NOAA Weather Radio can be an excellent additional source of information during emergencies. This is why we pilot a program that provides NOAA Weather Radios to each of the 17 Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA) agencies for distribution to residents across the county. Radios come pre-programmed by the manufacturer with back up batteries installed.
The National Weather Service (NWS) sends out Red Flag Warnings and other extreme weather warnings by NOAA Weather Radio, an automated 24-hour network of VHF FM weather radio stations in the United States.
Local Marin emergency officials may issue evacuation alerts through this radio-based system in addition to Alert Marin, providing a backup notification system to homes that may be without power or out of cellular communication range. This system was used successfully in Sonoma County during the 2019 Kincade Fire. Some models have the ability to sound an alert and flashlights when a warning is transmitted.