Do I need a Weather Radio?


Having a weather radio is like having a fire extinguisher. You never know when you are going to need one, and it’s best to have one just in case you do.

Weather radio has been around for a very long time and is very popular in the United States for obvious reasons. Weather radio is becoming more popular in Canada as we are becoming more aware of its existence and the benefits of its use.

What is Weather Radio?

To put it simply, weather radio is like your AM/FM clock radio. You plug it in the wall and you tune in frequencies just like you would on the AM or FM band. The difference is with weather radio you can set it up to come on when Environment Canada issues an alert. More sophisticated models can be set up to only alert you when there is a warning in your area.

Weather radio is a service provided be Environment Canada that transmits weather information in both official languages 24 hours a day 365 days a year. You can listen to these broadcasts if you have a weather radio and are in range of one of the transmitting towers. You will need to select one of the 7 dedicated frequencies on the VHF band. When you are on a frequency you will hear the weather broadcast in either official language. The voice is real but the broadcast is computer generated.

Frequencies used by Environment Canada to transmit weather radio information. FM radio broadcasts in the range of 88.0 to 108.0 MHz. so this is only a little higher in the VHF FM band. All frequencies are in MHz.
162.400 162.425 162.450 162.475 162.500 162.525 162.550
Download more information from Environment Canada about Weather Radio here.

What radio should I get?

That would depend on what you want to use it for. I’d suggest you have a few of them since they are very affordable. You can have a base model (that plugs in the wall) and then you can have a portable one that you can take with you.

Midland Weather Radio that we use.

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