Southwest Missouri Emergency Support Organization (SMESO)

Home Retailers County EMDs Radio Specifications Operating Manuals Programming Guides Coverage Map

All Hazard Radios Send
Life-Saving Warnings

  • January 21, 1999 - NOAA Weather Radio alerts the Superintendent of the Beebe, Arkansas school district that a tornado was moving in the direction of the school. The superintendent stopped the girl's basketball game in progress and evacuated the school. Thirty minutes later an F-3 tornado nearly leveled the building. No one was injured.  

  • May 3, 1999 - The plant manager of Norland Plastics heard a tornado warning on his NOAA Weather Radio. Even though it didn't really look bad outside he moved 85 employees to the plant's safe room. Approximately 10 minutes later a tornado hit the plant, causing major damage. Lives certainly would have been lost if not for the advance warning. Due to loud equipment inside the plant, employees had not heard the sounding outdoor storm siren.   (photo)

  • November 10, 2002 - An alert theater manager in Van Wert, Ohio was listening to warnings on his weather radio. He cleared an auditorium of movie goers in time to avoid disaster. While surveying the ruined theater, Lt. Governor Maureen O’Connor said, “There is no doubt in my mind that he saved many lives.”   (photo)

  • Project Community Alert Seeks to Put Radios in the Hands of Every Resident

    Project Community Alert is a national not-for-profit corporation established to provide Emergency Managers access to a model program that can save lives and enhance the public safety in any community.

    Using partnerships with local retailers, the program offers discounted NOAA weather radios to the public.

    Click here to find a retail partner in your area.   (.pdf file)

    Click here to download free Adobe Reader Download free Adobe Reader to view .pdf files.

      •   Tornadoes   •   Floods   •    Terrorism   •    Disease   •    Hazardous Materials   •



    Project Community Alert (PCA) is sponsored by the Southwest Missouri Emergency Support Organization (SMESO), a group of County and City Emergency Management Directors, volunteer organizations and State and Federal agency representatives committed to building stronger emergency management organizations through the sharing of ideas, knowledge, education and resources.

    National Weather
    Service Office

    Information on
    All-Hazards Radios


    Tones Activate Radios

    During an emergency, the National Weather Service will send out a special tone that activates weather radios by county. The WR100 is equipped with a special alarm tone that can sound an alert and give immediate information about a life-threatening situation. It can also be connected to devices like strobe lights, pagers, bed-shakers, personal computers and text printers to allow the hearing and visually impaired to receive warnings.
    • Non-weather emergency information can also be broadcast by officials using NOAA weather radios
    • SAME (Specific Area Message Encoder) pinpoints alerts for your area, reducing false alarms
    • Digital front message display with 56 types of watches and warnings for tornados, floods, blizzards and more
    • Alert status light indicates statements, watches and warnings
    • Monitor up to 15 user-selectable areas for complete protection
    • Selectable alert indicators (90 dB warning tone, voice alert or flashing LED)
    • Built-in alarm clock and capacity to easily add optional accessories such as an antenna or strobe light
    • Operates on AC power or 9-volt backup battery
    View more Midland WR100 specifications.

    View more Midland 74-200 specifications.
    Emergency Kits

    Purchasing a battery-powered radio is just one step to preparing for emergencies. Other items you should keep in an emergency kit include the following:
    • Flashlight
    • Extra batteries
    • First-aid kit
    • Bottled water
    • Canned food
    • Manual can opener
    • Non-perishable foods
    • Cash
    • Prescription medicines
    You may also want to add comfort items such as toys, blankets or books for children, a change of clothes, diapers and formula for infants.

    Learn more about how you can prepare for emergencies.
    •  American Red Cross
    •  Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
    •  National Weather Service
    •  U.S. Department of Homeland Security
        Click here to learn more about CERT.

    Click here to learn more about Community Heroes.

    Click here to learn how you can be Ready in 3 website.

    Traditionally, people have relied on Outdoor Warning Sirens to alert them of approaching storms and tornados.

    In today’s age, this is not the best option for residents to rely on.


    Today’s All-Hazard Radios were formally known as
    “Weather Alert Radios”.

    Since we face not only natural hazards, but man-made hazards as well, the radios have evolved to keep up with the changing threats.

    All-Hazard Radios can also be used by Emergency Management personnel to alert you of various other types of emergencies such as: chemical spills, terrorist threats and other types of emergencies that may threaten the residents.