NOAA, CEA Look to Set Weather Radio Standards

NOAA, CEA Look to Set Weather Radio Standards
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The Consumer Electronics Association is partnering with the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service to host a discovery group on "all hazards" weather radio. The group will explore the need to develop voluntary standards for weather radios that are used to pick up signals from NOAA Weather Radio stations.
The CEA/NOAA Weather Radio Discovery Group will be held in Washington on Feb. 4. The discussion is open to all interested parties and will focus on NWR receivers' features, functions and potential device-compatibility designs.
"NOAA Weather Radio provides an essential service to the American public," said Ralph Justus, vice president of technology and standards, CEA. "NWR's 'all hazards' radio network is the single source for comprehensive weather and emergency information available to the public. We want to ensure that NWR receivers have the necessary functionality to notify people how and when they want to be alerted to possibly detrimental situations."
NOAA Weather Radio is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information from a nearby National Weather Service office. NWR transmits National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day. In addition, NWR broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of natural hazards, such as earthquakes and volcano activity, and technological events, such as chemical releases or oil spills. The NWR network has more than 750 transmitters, covering the 50 states, adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the U.S. Pacific Territories.
All consumer electronics companies and groups with an interest in weather radio receivers, regardless of their membership in CEA, are invited to attend. For more information or to RSVP for the NOAA Weather Radio Discovery Group, contact Jean Johnson at jjohnson@ce.org.

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