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This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama and today's focus is on NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards and the Emergency Alert System.

Severe Weather Awareness Week concludes today with a closer look at NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards and the Emergency Alert System. NOAA weather radio is also known as the voice of the National Weather Service. NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards provides continuously updated weather information, 24 hours a day, every day of the year. National Weather Service personnel prepare weather information that is normally broadcast in three to five minute cycles. This information includes forecasts, warnings, current conditions, climate data, and other important information.

To receive broadcasts from the National Weather Service, a special radio capable of receiving signals in the very high frequency, also known as VHF, public service band is required. Nationally, frequencies from 162.400 to 162.550 megahertz are used for NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards broadcasts. Alabama is served by 29 transmitters which cover approximately 95 percent of the citizens in Alabama.