Weather Alert Radios
Students in Village properties and Fraternity Houses are supplied with a community weather alert radio and should take appropriate action upon hearing a warning for the Evansville area.
However, during severe weather, do not wait for notification by University staff to evacuate to a safe zone. Tornados can strike with little or no warning and can travel at high speeds. When in doubt it is always advisable to proceed to your building's safe zone.
Radio Features | Getting to Know Your Radio | Quick Start Instructions | Programming Alert Type | Reviewing Recent Weather/Hazard Alerts | Display Icons | Display Icons | If You Hear More Than One Channel | NWR Alert Descriptions | Power
The MIDLAND All Hazard/Weather Receiver Model WR-100 tunes into the 24/7 broadcast issued by the National Weather Service.
The MIDLAND All Hazard/Weather Alert Receiver has an automatic alert system. In the event of special warning broadcasts, the monitor is automatically activated along with a loud tone, an LED light and an “alert” message on the LCD. Emergency weather bulletins include alerts about tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, ice/snow storms and other severe weather. Other emergencies might include Amber Alerts, explosions, fires or hazardous chemical spills.
Specific Area Message Encoding- S.A.M.E. - Is a feature in MIDLAND Weather Radios that allows you to program in your county code or counties codes. This eliminates any Alerts that are not within your programmed specific Area.
Getting to Know Your Radio
WEATHER/SNOOZE alert, warning tones & 9 minute snooze button. Press this button to put the weather/hazard receiver into standby mode (alert monitor mode.) Press button again to return to hearing National Weather Service weather/hazard voice reports. Press this button to cancel alert warning tones and any external alert features when alert is active.
WEATHER SWITCH ON/OFF. Main power switch for Weather Radio, turns it on & off. (Only the clock is active when this switch is off.)
Volume (UP and DOWN) buttons. Switch Weather Receiver on, then press these buttons to adjust to desired listening level.
“WARNING” Alert Status light - Red. Indicates that the National Weather Service has issued a warning for your area.
“WATCH” Alert Status Light - Yellow. Indicates that the National Weather Service has issued a watch for your area.
“STATEMENT” Alert Status Light - Indicates a S.A.M.E. statement has been issued for your area by the National Weather Service.
MENU button. Press to activate programming mode. (Use directional arrows to move through programming menu options.)
SELECT (programming) button. Press this button to enter the selected menu mode. Press this button to confirm your menu option selection.
Arrow buttons – directional arrows (up, down, right & left.) Use directional arrows to move through the Weather Receiver program menus.
Note you can also use the arrow buttons to review previous alerts when in normal display mode. Features located on back and side of unit are not shown: ANT. (antenna jack), jack for optional external alert and DC JACK (also for AC Power Adapter).
Quick Start Instructions
SWITCH - Turn the Weather Radio Switch to ON
BATTERIES - Install 3 AA Alkaline batteries (not supplied)
AC POWER ADAPTER - Plug the AC Adapter into a standard power outlet. Plug AC Power Adapter into DC jack on back of the Weather Receiver.
ANTENNA - Position telescoping antenna vertical and extend to its full length above the Weather Receiver.
PROGRAM THE CLOCK TIME.
- Press “MENU” button to open menu options on the LCD Display. On the display you will see “TIME”
- Press “SELECT” button (hour option will begin flashing.)
- Press “UP” arrow until current hour is displayed. Note: AM /PM (on the right) changes as you scroll through hours.
- Press “RIGHT” arrow to save current hour and advance to minute settings. Program minutes the same way.
- Press “SELECT” to store the current time.
- Press “MENU” until menu is closed and current time is displayed.
- When the Weather Receiver is turned on, “NOAA” will appear on the display.
- Press “WEATHER/SNOOZE” button; “WEATHER” will appear on the display.
- Press “UP” (or “DOWN”) button to select volume. (Note: 4 volume bars at top right corner of display.)
Programming Alert Type (Display, Voice, Tone)
Your weather alert radio has been preset for tone and voice. However, if you wish to adjust these setting follow the instructions below.
Turn off Weather Receiver for silent programming. Press “MENU” button to open menu options.
Press “UP” arrow to scroll through menu options until “ALT TYPE” (Alert Type) is displayed, then press “SELECT” button.
Press “UP” arrow to scroll through the following (3) alert types: “DISPLAY”, “VOICE”, or “TONE”.
Press “SELECT” to choose the Alert Type you want.
Press “MENU” to exit menu programming mode.
To Operate Weather Receiver in Silent Mode, select “DISPLAY ALERT TYPE”. This will turn off both the broadcast voice and audio alerts, leaving only the text message and Alert Status Lights to indicate the event.
Reviewing Recent Weather/Hazard Alerts
The Weather Receiver can store up to 10 different Weather/Hazard alerts (with overlapping effective times) in its memory. If the Weather Receiver receives a new alert while any previous alert is still in effect, it automatically displays the new alert. You can review all alerts still in effect by pressing the “UP” arrow to scroll through the Weather Receiver’s active alert memory. A Double Beep indicates the end of the list. “NO MESSAGE” will be displayed if no alerts are active.
Start Over. If you want to start over while programming menus, press “MENU” button enough times to close the menu options until you return to your starting point. Press “MENU” to exit or “back out” of programming mode.
If no program buttons are pressed for about one minute the Weather Receiver will exit the menu mode.
Pressing and releasing a button will turn on the backlight of the Weather Receiver display for about 5 seconds. The following icons appear on the Weather Receiver display to indicate the monitor functions that are active.
If You Hear More Than One Channel
When you program the Weather/Hazard channel, you may hear weather and hazard alerts on more than one channel. This means that your are receiving broadcast from more than one National Weather Service station in your area. Simply choose the one that sounds clearest.
NWR Alert Descriptions
What You See On Weather Receiver Display Alert Warning Tone:
|TORNADO WATCH Fast tone||RADIATION HAZARD WARNING Very fast tone|
|TORNADO WARNING Very fast tone||MATERIAL HAZARD WARNING Very fast tone|
|SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH Fast tone||NUCLEAR POWER PLANT WARNING Very fast tone|
|SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING Very fast tone||LAW ENFORCEMENT WARNING Very fast tone|
|FLASH FLOOD WATCH Fast tone||FIRE WARNING Very fast tone|
|FLASH FLOOD WARNING Very fast tone||CHILD ABDUCTION EMERGENCY Fast tone|
|FLOOD WATCH Fast tone||911 TELEPHONE OUTAGE EMERGENCY Fast tone|
|FLOOD WARNING Very fast tone||TUNE TV WATCH Fast tone|
|WINTER STORM WATCH Fast tone||TUNE TV WARNING Very fast tone|
|WINTER STORM WARNING Very fast tone||LOCAL AREA EMERGENCY Very fast tone|
|BLIZZARD WARNING Very fast tone||EMERGENCY ACTION NOTIFICATION Low tone|
|HIGH WIND WATCH Fast tone||EMERGENCY ACTION TERMINATION Low tone|
|HIGH WIND WARNING Very fast tone|
|HURRICANE WATCH Fast tone|
|HURRICANE WARNING Very fast tone||SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT Low tone|
|EARTHQUAKE WARNING Very fast tone||SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT Low tone|
|EVACUATION IMMEDIATE Very fast tone||FLASH FLOOD STATEMENT Low tone|
|SHELTER IN PLACE WARNING Very fast tone||FLOOD STATEMENT Low tone|
|CIVIL DANGER WARNING Very fast tone||HURRICANE STATEMENT Low tone|
|CIVIL EMERGENCY MESSAGE Very fast tone|
The AC power adapter is recommended for normal operation if the Weather Receiver is to be in service for more than a few hours.
Backup Batteries are also recommended during normal operation. The condition of the batteries is monitored by the Weather Receiver. When the “Low Battery” icon flashes on the display, the battery has been discharged and should be replaced. Do not leave a dead or weak battery in the monitor. Do not leave a battery in the monitor when it is not in use. The battery may leak and possibly damage your Weather Receiver. Dispose of batteries properly.
Your MIDLAND Weather Receiver can be emergency powered by (3) AA alkaline batteries. In an emergency situation, (3) AA alkaline batteries should provide approximately 24 hours of continuous operation. The clock will run for at least 10 days on batteries when the monitor is turned off with the MONITOR ON / OFF control.
|No Power||Is AC Power Adaptor securely plugged into both DC jacks on back of Weather Receiver and to wall outlet? If AC power has failed, are batteries installed? Are dead batteries in the unit? Unplug power, remove and replace batteries.|
|No Sound||Check VOLUME.|
|No weather broadcast when you press WEATHER/SNOOZE button||Ensure that telescoping antenna is up and fully extended. If you are using an external antenna, ensure that it is connected properly. Ensure that the monitor is set to the NOAA weather channel in use in your area. Contact NOAA to ensure they are presently broadcasting.|
|The monitor is not responding properly to NWS weather alert broadcasts||Check to see that you have programmed in the correct S.A.M.E. County Code(s).|