NOAA Weather Radio Distribution

All Hazards NOAA Weather RadiosThanks to a grant from FEMA, the City is distributing free NOAA Weather Radios, while supplies last, to help enhance our emergency alerting capabilities to our residents.

A phased distribution plan has been scheduled with a focus first on distributing to residents residing in the City’s Wildland Urban Interface Area ahead of the start of fire season with rollout to additional areas of the City to follow. The City is also partnering with several non-profit service providers to ensure radios are distributed directly to vulnerable populations within the community.

For the first phase of distribution, drive-thru events are scheduled to serve residents in specific designated evacuation zones within the City of Santa Rosa. To determine when and where you will receive a free NOAA Weather Radio, look up your evacuation zone name with your home address and find the corresponding event below. 

Phase One Radio Distribution Schedule: 

  • April 7, 10am-3pm, Berger Center 6633 Oakmont Dr.
    This radio distribution event is for residents that reside in the following designated evacuation zones:
    Oakmont North Zone, Oakmont South Zone, Pythian Zone, and Stonebridge Zone
  • April 17, 10am-3pm, Maria Carillo High School 6975 Montecito Blvd.
    This radio distribution event is for residents that reside in the following designated evacuation zones:
    Northeast 2 Zone, Northeast 3 Zone, Calistoga North Zone, and Calistoga South Zone
  • April 24, 10am-3pm, Herbert Slater Middle School 3500 Sonoma Ave.
    This radio distribution event is for residents that reside in the following designated evacuation zones:
    Spring Lake Zone, Summerfield Zone, and Melita Zone
  • May 15, 10am-3pm, Rincon Ridge Park 3960 Park Gardens Dr.
    This radio distribution event is for residents that reside in the following designated evacuation zones:
    Fountaingrove 1 Zone, Fountaingrove 2 Zone, and Montecito Heights Zone

Phase Two Radio Distribution Schedule:

  • To be announced. Additional distribution events will be scheduled based on the supply of NOAA Weather Radios.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Do I need to have it plugged in and turned on all the time?
    Leave it plugged in and ON all the time, it will silently monitor for alerts. The batteries are a backup for any potential power outages.
  2. How do I set up the radio now that I have it?
    It has been pre-programmed, so all you need to do is take the radio out of the box, plug it into a wall outlet, and turn the ON/OFF switch on the side “ON”. The only button you may want to use is the WEATHER/SNOOZE button.  Pressing this button tells the radio to play the National Weather Service broadcast.  When you are done listening, press WEATHER/SNOOZE again and the radio goes back to silently monitoring their broadcast.  End-users need to insert the three batteries into the radio and plug the radios into a wall outlet.
  3. How do I set up the clock?
    Press MENU. When SET TIME appears, press SELECT. Use up/down arrow to adjust the hour, going past 12 to toggle between AM & PM. Once the hour is set, use the right arrow to move to tens-digit and adjust tens digit with up/ down arrows. Press the right arrow to advance to single-digit and adjust with the up/down arrow. When done, press MENU twice to save and exit.
  4. Where is the best location to place the radio?
    Keep the radio in your house, on the kitchen counter, in a hallway, on a bookcase….even beside your bed.  Extend the antenna for best reception.
  5. What does an alert sound like?
    If an alert is issued this radio will sound an eight-second alert tone, and then it will tell you what the emergency is. This function is automatic, as long as you leave the radio plugged into the wall with the switch on the side in the ON position.



  6. How often will I hear test alerts?
    Every Wednesday morning between 11 and noon the National Weather Service will send out its Required Weekly Test.  You may notice the ADVISORY light comes on, and ‘REQUIRED WEEKLY TEST” scrolls across the screen.  That means your radio is operating properly.
  7. Who do I call for technical assistance with the radio?
    Midland’s customer service number is 816-462-0459. Call anytime Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 2:30 pm West Coast time. Or visit midlandusa.com and click on the “Need Help?” icon.

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