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 and online stores carry a variety of weather radios. We recommend Midland weather radios, they are reliable and have these important features:

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



The following table shows the SAME codes for Decatur and surrounding counties, along with the NOAA stations that issue the alerts for each county.

CountySAME CodeNOAA StationFrequency
Benton047005Lobelville
Vale
Waverly
162.525
162.450
162.400
Carroll047017Jackson
Vale
162.550
162.450
Chester047023Jackson162.550
Decatur047039Lobelville
Clifton
162.525
162.500
Hardin047071Booneville MS
Jackson
Clifton
162.400
162.550
162.500
Henderson047077Jackson
Lobelville
162.550
162.525
McNairy047109Booneville MS
Jackson
Clifton
162.400
162.550
162.500
Perry047135Lobelville
Clifton
Waverly
162.525
162.500
162.400
Wayne047181Clifton
Lawrenceburg
Lobelville
162.500
162.425
162.525

A complete list of SAME codes and NOAA frequencies is available here.