JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - You always hear the Region 8 StormTEAM talk about a NOAA Weather Radio and how important they are to saving your life. But if it's not programmed properly you won't get the warnings or advisories for your county.
Jeff Presley, Jonesboro E-911 Director said, "If you're not on that right frequency your radio is not going to work. You're not going to get anything across that radio if you do not program it."
The first thing you need to do is find the frequency and same code for the area you live in. You can do that by going to the weather page here on our website. Scroll down till you find 'How to program a Midland All Hazards Weather Radio.'
Now it's time to program the radio and we will begin with the frequency or channel. First select menu and then scroll up until you find channel. Then hit select and scroll through the channels until you find the frequency for your area and hit select again.
Some weather radios are equipped with SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) Technology and that just means you can get warnings specifically for your county.
To program a SAME code you first need to click menu. Then scroll up till you find same set and click select.
Next you need to scroll until you find single. The way the National Weather Service issues warnings, you will have plenty of warning time by programming only your county.
Move the up and down keys to enter the SAME code for your county that you found here on our website. Now that your radio is programmed you are ready for whatever weather heads our way.