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10/13/05
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NOAA WEATHER ALL-HAZARDS RADIO TRANSMITTER NOW BROADCASTING
FROM DUCK VALLEY INDIAN RESERVATION

Residents of north-central Nevada and portions of extreme southern Idaho now have better access to weather information anytime, thanks to a new NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards transmitter recently installed at the Owyhee Community Health Facility in Owyhee, Nev. NOAA has partnered with the Shoshone Paiute Tribe to complete this project.

Known as “The Voice of the National Weather Service,” NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards is a continuous 24-hour source of the latest weather forecasts and warnings broadcast by the National Weather Service forecast office in Elko, Nev. Residents in this area now should tune their weather radio receivers to 162.45 MHz.

“This radio broadcast is possible through a partnership between NOAA and the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation, with site facilities provided by the Sho-Pai Tribes,” said Kevin Baker, meteorologist-in-charge of the Elko Weather Forecast Office. “The Owyhee transmitter significantly increases the National Weather Service’s ability to provide weather warnings and forecasts throughout this area. A NOAA Weather Radio in the home and all vehicles helps protect families, individuals and property.”

Alan J. Burgess, the tribal health administrator and hospital CEO, said, "The Owyhee Community Health Facility, a critical access hospital, will definitely benefit from this partnership, as we often have weather concerns when we transfer patients to the next nearest facilities in Elko, Nev., Mountain Home and Boise, Idaho. It also means better weather information will be available to Access Air, which is our primary aeromedical evacuation partner."

“NOAA Weather Radio allows us to send weather statements and warnings straight from the forecaster to the public in an effort to save lives and property,” said Jeff Savadel, warning coordination meteorologist at the Elko forecast office.

“With the NOAA Weather Radio network consisting of more than 900 transmitters in 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 Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, USAF (Ret.), director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “NOAA Weather Radio 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.”

NOAA's National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories. NOAA's National Weather Service operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems, NOAA is working with its federal partners and nearly 60 countries to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes.

On the Web:

NOAA: http://www.noaa.gov

NOAA’s National Weather Service: http://www.nws.noaa.gov

NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr