You bought one of the official Oregon Scientific weather radios you've heard about on 14 News, now it's time to program it!
If you haven't bought a weather radio from 14 News, now is your chance, visit the Oregon Scientific Website to buy one for just $29.99 using the promo code 14NEWS.
THERE ARE 3 THINGS TO SET ON THE RADIO: SAME CODES, NOAA CHANNEL, AND TIME/DATE
These radios allow you to program up to six different county codes. Only program those counties that you want to receive warnings for. The National Weather Service suggests you program the county you live in, as well as a few counties to your west. That way, you'll get a heads-up when a severe storm is heading in your direction. For Example: If you live in Vanderburgh County -- you might want to program Posey County.
The codes you're programming into these radios are called "SAME codes". Every county in the nation has its own SAME code. Here are the SAME county codes for the 14NEWS viewing area:
For a list of all the SAME county codes here and across the nation, you can visit the NOAA Weather Radio website: www.weather.gov
Now that you have the codes, and know which ones you want to program into your weather radio, here's how to do it.
2nd County Code: Follow the same directions above, except press the COUNTY button 3 times before holding it down for 2 seconds.
3rd County Code: Press the COUNTY button 4 times before holding it down for 2 seconds.
4th County Code: Press the COUNTY button 5 times before holding it down for 2 seconds.
5th County Code: Press the COUNTY button 6 times before holding it down for 2 seconds.
6th County Code: Press the COUNTY button 7 times before holding it down for 2 seconds.
This is how to set the NOAA channel for your area so you can here local specific warning information from the voice of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).
Time and Date
Finally, you need to set your time and date. This will not affect the warning system, but it is good to have this set anyway.
Once you've got all the codes entered and you have set the NOAA channel and time/date, there is one VERY IMPORTANT thing to do before you are ready. Press the ‘NOAA' button on the top of the radio a couple of times until your hear the EAS voice.
Then, press that same ‘NOAA' button once more. The voice will go away and you will see a small circular standby icon on the screen next to the NOAA icon. Your radio is now in standby mode and ready to blast warnings when danger is approaching.
You need to keep the radio in this mode. The other NOAA modes turn the warnings off and will not deliver the warnings you need.
Now, plug the radio into a wall outlet when at home to avoid using the battery back-up. Put your weather radio in a place where you can easily hear it when warnings are issued. It will only sound when a warning is issued for a county that you entered into your weather radio. Once the warnings sound, go to a TV to get detailed storm tracking from the 14 First Alert weather team and 14NEWS.
If you've lost your instructions, you can visit the Oregon Scientific website: Emergency Portable Weather Radio