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Summer in Canada means longer days and more time spent outdoors. It also means that many of us pay more attention to weather forecasts and storm predictions especially when we have plans to go camping, head to the cottage, or go for a bike ride.

If severe weather threatens, public safety experts agree that seconds count to save lives. There are many ways to get weather information – by telephone, on television, Internet and by radio using a special service called Weatheradio, available 24 hours a day.

Weatheradio Canada is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather and environmental information in both official languages directly from Environment Canada's storm prediction centres.

93% of Canadians can access a Weatheradio signal, and now it's even easier to receive certain types of warnings for specific locations.

Weatheradio broadcasts can be heard on AM or FM bands in some locations. Otherwise, a special radio with a "weather band" can be used to receive the broadcasts on VHF frequencies. These radios are available at major electronic stores, and come in many different models including crank charging, solar-powered, with a flashlight, cell-phone or USB charger.

Many of these radios are equipped with a tone alert capability. This means that the radio will automatically activate a visual or audible alarm for weather warnings, reducing the chance that weather warnings are missed.

A Weatheradio receiver is not just for emergencies. It's a dependable, round-the-clock source of weather information to help plan daily activities. The service provides instant access to current conditions and weather forecasts as well as any watches, warnings and advisories.

The Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC) operates the Weatheradio Canada network, which has been in place since 1977. Today, the network has expanded to 183 Weatheradio Canada transmitters across the country, 171 on VHF frequencies and 12 on regular AM or FM bands.

Weatheradio is broadcast on frequencies 162.400, 162.425, 162.450, 162.475, 162.500, 162.525 and 162.550 MHz and is available on the FM or AM band at some locations.

Ideally, Weatheradio receivers should be standard equipment in:

  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Marinas
  • Disapatch Offices
  • Manufacturing plants
  • Campgrounds
  • Homes and cottages





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