Weather Radio

ParsonsWeather.com offers a lot of valuable weather information. To be informed immediately of any threatening weather we recommend you purchase a weather radio with alert capability. Today's weather radios now have a technology called SAME which stands for Specific Area Message Encoding. Every county has a unique SAME code. When the National Weather service issues a warning, watch or advisory, then only those weather radios that are in the affected areas, and have been programmed with the appropriate SAME code or codes, will sound an alert tone. The National Weather Service also sends out Amber Alerts over weather radios. Severe weather can and has occurred during overnight hours. A weather radio with alert capability can be a life-saver if severe weather strikes while you are asleep.

Most retail stores carry a variety of weather radios. Features that we recommend to look for in a weather radio are:

• SAME Localized reception.
• All 7 NOAA radio channels.
• Portable, easy to carry.
• Runs on battery power in case of power failure.
• Public Alert Certified.

The following table shows the SAME codes for Decatur and surrounding counties with the NOAA stations that issue the alerts for those counties.

  County SAME Code NOAA Station Frequency
  Benton 047005 Lobelville
Vale
Waverly
162.525
162.450
162.400
  Carroll 047017 Jackson
Vale
162.550
162.450
  Chester 047023 Jackson 162.550
  Decatur 047039 Lobelville
Clifton
162.525
162.500
  Hardin 047071 Booneville, MS
Jackson
Clifton
162.400
162.550
162.500
  Henderson 047077 Jackson
Lobelville
162.550
162.525
  McNairy 047109 Booneville, MS
Jackson
Clifton
162.400
162.550
162.500
  Perry 047135 Lobelville
Clifton
Waverly
162.525
162.500
162.400
  Wayne 047181 Clifton
Lawrenceburg
Lobelville
162.500
162.425
162.525

For a complete list of SAME codes and NOAA frequencies, click here.