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Updated: Weather radios available across Wisconsin


MADISON (WKOW)-- Governor Doyle has declared May 13, 2009 as NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Awareness Day. The campaign is to encourage Wisconsin residents to keep ahead of severe weather by tuning in to NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, a 24-hour source of weather forecasts, watches, warnings, and non-weather emergency information provided by the National Weather Service and its parent agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Weather radios are known as "smoke detectors for severe weather and hazardous conditions." A NOAA Weather Radio with an alarm and battery back-up is one of the best ways to protect your family, especially at night when the alarm feature can wake you up during severe weather and give you and your family time to seek appropriate shelter.

The NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards network started in 1972 and is the sole government-operated radio system to provide direct warnings for all hazardous conditions that pose a threat to lives and property.



Wisconsin's severe weather season is around the corner, and on Monday, Dane County announced it has thousands of weather radios available for county citizens.

The radios will be available at a reduced cost for Dane County residents.

"Under this innovative program, in just a couple of years we've helped make sure thousands of families across our county are better prepared for bad weather," County Executive Kathleen Falk said.  "These radios provide early warnings that help save lives."

Since the county started this radio program in 2007, nearly 14,000 of the radios have been sold. This year, another 5,000 are available for purchase at towns, villages, and cities across Dane County.

Dane County buys the radios in bulk and then gives them to local municipalites who can resell them for $25 each. That's nearly 50% less than what the radio sells for in most stores. The radios also come with four-double A batteries to make sure they work in case of power failures.

The radios are programmable and can be set to sound alerts for specific warnings and specific counties.

You can find more information about the radios and where you can buy one, click here.


MIDDLETON (WKOW) -- The Middleton Police Department is teaming up with Dane County Emergency Management to provide weather radios for the upcoming severe weather season.

All-hazards-alert weather radios will be available at Middleton Police Department at City Hall, 7426 Hubbard Ave.:

  • Saturday, April 18 / 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 25 / 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
  • Weekdays April 20 - May 29 / 7:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The radios are $25 and include programming information and back-up batteries.


COLUMBIA COUNTY (WKOW) -- Columbia County Emergency Management officials are offering residents the chance to buy a NOAA weather radio, an important tool for every family to have during severe weather season.

NOAA radios are often used by officials to warn the public of storms, tornadoes and other hazards.

The radios are $25.00 each with batteries included.

You can pick yours up in Columbia County at any one of the following locations:

Villages of:

  • Arlington
  • Doylestown
  • Friesland
  • Cambria
  • Pardeeville
  • Poynette
  • Fall River
  • Wyocena

Towns of

  • Marcellon
  • Dekorra

Cities of

  • Lodi
  • Wisconsin Dells
  • Columbus
  • Portage

The Portage Fire Department will also have radios for sale at their Fire Station on Saturday, April 18 from 1-5:00 p.m.

You can contact your local municipal leaders for more information or Emergency Management at (608) 742-4166, Ext 1308 or 1309.

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