Wisconsin Emergency Management

Emergency Weather Radios / Q & A

Question: Why do I need an Emergency Weather Radio?

Answer: They are like “smoke alarms” for danger.

  1. Emergency Radios pick up emergency information 24 hours.
  2. Critical to have on all the time, especially at night.
  3. You get the message directly from the National Weather Service and other agencies immediately.
  4. Alerts you to weather dangers like tornados and floods, accidents like nuclear power emergencies, and terrorist attacks.

Question: How to I get an Emergency Weather Radio?

Answer: You can buy them at most electronic stores including:

  • Best Buy
  • Mills Fleet Farm
  • Walgreens
  • Walmart
  • Radio Shack
  • Sears
You can also buy them on line at: www.weatherradiostore.com or www.amazon.com

Click To Enlarge Question: How much do they cost?

Answer: Radios range from $20 to $100.

Question: Are all Emergency Weather Radios the same?

Answer: No, you should look for a radio that has S.A.M.E.
S.A.M.E allows you to pre-program the weather radio to filter out distant weather warnings. You can program it to monitor different counties in your area.

Is where I live covered by an emergency weather radio signal?

Answer: Almost all of Wisconsin is covered by transmitters scattered across the state.
Click here for latest map

Question: Is there anyplace I can buy one on sale?

Answer: Yes.
In April, Television stations across the state are teaming up with ReadyWisconsin, the National Weather Service, and Midland Radios to sell units at a discount.

WITI-TV in Milwaukee is teaming up with Walgreens to promote NOAA Weather Radios.

Saturday April 27 9am-1pm
Walgreens Store #3125
8615 Port Washington Road
Fox Point

Tuesday, May 7 4pm-7pm
Walgreens Store #2110
829 East Green Bay Avenue

Tuesday, May 21 4pm-7pm
Walgreens Store #5884
9527 South 27th Street

Radios also on sale at:
Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office
4311 Jackson Street
Monday-Friday / 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$24.90 + Tax. $26.15
They will also be pre-programmed for Winnebago County.

Outagamie County Clerk Office
410 S. Walnut Street
Appleton, WI 54911
$31.50 including tax
Radios are pre-programmed by Outagamie County Emergency Management.

They are on sale at most Walgreens statewide and Mills Fleet Farm in Northeastern Wisconsin.

Click here to see the emergency weather radio campaign at WLUK-TV in Green Bay

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Fact Sheet

ReadyWisconsin is an initiative of Wisconsin Emergency Management designed to educate and empower Wisconsinites to prepare for
and respond to all kinds of emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.

Wisconsin Emergency Management
2400 Wright St.
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: 608.242.3232     Fax: 608.242.3247