Thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, bomb scares chemical spills and wildfires. These are just a few of the potential hazards that residents can face in Sumter County. NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) is the fastest and most reliable means of receiving life-threatening weather information.
Weather Radio Benefits
Having a battery operated, tone-alert NOAA Weather Radio in your home is like having your own personal tornado siren - only it will alert you of all these impending dangers. NOAA Weather Radio is a free service provided by the local National Weather Service Office, 24 hours a day.
Routine programming includes the latest weather conditions, weather summaries for the area, short-term forecasts of significant weather expected within the next 1-3 hours, and forecasts of temperatures and precipitation. The weather office also broadcasts National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other non-weather related hazard information, specific for Sumter County. In every Sumter County home, a NOAA Weather Radio should be as common as a smoke detector.
Programming Your Radio
Programming your weather radio starts with knowing the frequency of the nearest transmitter and the SAME code (Specific Area Message Encoding) for your county. While you can choose only to hear alarms for your county, it's a good idea to include neighboring counties so you'll know when something is on the way. If you have a problem programming your weather radio, please call the Emergency Management department for assistance.
Some broadcasts are also available on the Internet. Go to the National Weather Service web page for programming information.