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People in Southeast Ohio and western West Virginia now have expanded access to weather information anytime, thanks to a new NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards transmitter installed at Marietta, Ohio.

Residents in Washington County, Ohio, joined those in adjacent Wood County, W.Va., in tuning to 162.400 MHz on NOAA’s Weather Radio for the broadcasts from NOAA’s National Weather Service in Charleston, W.Va, Nov. 23. NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards, known as “The Voice of the National Weather Service,” is a continuous 24-hour source of the latest weather forecasts and warnings broadcast directly from the Charleston, W.Va., National Weather Service forecast office.

“With a NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards network consisting of more than 900 transmitters, covering all 50 states, adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and U.S. Pacific Territories, we have the capability to get critical warnings and environmental information to 95 percent of the U.S. population,” said retired Air Force Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards provides important weather information during natural or man-made disasters, and can be used to place safety information directly on the airwaves to directly alert the public to take protective actions.”

The extension of the radio broadcast range is possible through a partnership between NOAA and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, with site facilities provided by Ohio’s Emergency Management Agency. The partnership helps bring the National Weather Service’s vital information to all people in the area.

“The Marietta transmitter increases the National Weather Service’s ability to reach a greater area directly with weather warnings and forecasts,” said Alan Rezek, meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service Weather forecast office in Charleston. “A NOAA Weather Radio in the home, car, truck and other vehicles helps protect families, individuals and property. NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards allows us to send weather statements and warnings straight from the forecaster to the public”

“Early warning is the key to safety,” said Nancy Dragani, executive director of Ohio’s Emergency Management Agency. “Through the purchase of a NOAA Weather Radio, Ohioans can receive timely weather warnings for the protection of themselves and their families."

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