#WeatherAware – How to Program your Midland All Hazards Weather Radio for the Tuscaloosa, AL Transmitter




You will need the following

  • Midland All Hazards Weather Alert Radio
  • 3 AA batteries
  • A/C power adaptor

Put your three double A batteries in the back of the weather radio.

Wait for the radio to turn on.  When the time 12:00AM appears your radio is ready to program.

In order for your weather radio to work correctly you need both the right weather channel (also known as radio frequency) and the correct SAME code(s) programmed into your weather radio.  This is true for any type of NOAA weather radio with SAME code capability.

How to Program the Time

Push the menu key – the word “TIME” will appear.

Push the select key and 12:00AM will appear. The 12 will be flashing.

Change the hour by using the up arrow key or down arrow key on the radio.

The clock is a 12 hour clock so you must move the hour to PM or AM.

Continue to use arrow keys to reach the desired time.  When you have reached the correct hour, use the right arrow key on the radio to move to the minute.

Repeat the process to get to the correct time.  When you are at the correct time hit the select key. The word “TIME” will appear on the screen.

How to Program your SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) Code

Next use your down arrow key to change the word on the screen to “SAME SET”.

Push the select key button.

If you want to program only one code use your up/down arrow keys to move to “SINGLE”. Press the select key


If you want to program multiple SAME codes use your up/down arrow keys to move to MULTIPLE. Press the select key.

Programming a single SAME code

If you want your weather radio to only be programmed for one county’s SAME code push the down arrow again and hit select.  SAME 01 will appear on the screen.  Push your select key again.  000000  or — —  — —  — —  — — will appear on the screen the first 0 will be flashing.  Using the SAME code for the county you want to program you will need to use the arrow keys to move the number up or down to get to your desired number.  Once the first number is entered you will need to use the right arrow key to move to the next number.  Continue with the process until you have entered each number and hit “select” and then press “menu” twice. Use the down arrow key until you reach the word CHANNEL.  Push the select key twice to get out of the menu.

Programming multiple SAME codes

If you want to program multiple SAME codes use your up/down arrow keys to move to MULTIPLE. Press the select key.

The word SAME 01 will appear on the screen.  Hit the select key again.

000000 or — —  — —  — —  — —  will appear on the screen. The first 0 or — will be flashing.  Using the SAME code for the first county to be programmed, you will need to use the up/down arrow keys to change the O or — to reach the desired number.  Once the first number is entered you will need to use the right arrow key to move to the next 0 or —  and start the process over again.

Continue until you have entered each number. Push the select key. The words SAME 01 will appear again.

Push the up arrow key and the message will change to “SAME 02”.  Push the select key. 000000 or — —  — —  — —  — — will appear on the screen.  Enter the numbers like you just did for the second SAME code you want to program.

Continue this process until all codes have been entered.  Hit “select” and then press “menu” twice.  Next you will need to program the channel.


Watches/Warnings Broadcast for the Following Counties:
County SAME Code County SAME Code
Bibb    001007 Pickens    001107
Fayette    001057 Tuscaloosa    001125
Greene    001063 Lowndes, MS    028087
Hale    001065 Noxubee, MS    028103
Jefferson    001073

Programming the Correct Weather (Frequency)Channel on your Radio

Please note some areas in the Heart of the Valley can hear several different channels on their radio. Having the correct frequency programmed is crucial to having your weather radio work correctly.  If you have any questions about what frequency is correct for your area. Please check the links for detailed information in the Also on the web section.

Press the menu key. Use the down arrow key until you reach the word “CHANNEL”.  Push the select key.

Using the arrow keys find the correct weather radio channel.

Channel 1 – (162.400) Tuscaloosa Transmitter

When you have found your correct channel hit the select key. Then press the menu key.


Now that your radio has been programmed you need to plug it in to the wall.  The batteries are only in case you lose power. Remember to change your batteries twice a year.

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Protect the 4 P’s: People, Pets, Pipes, and Plants


#4 Plants

•Plants should be covered on cold nights with fabric to help keep them somewhat insulated during a freeze.

•You can also create windbreaks around sensitive plants to keep the cold air from “burning” them.

•Keep your plants hydrated, which helps fight off drying due to cold winds.

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Protect the 4 P’s: People, Pets, Pipes, and _____

#3 Pipes

•While pipes generally do not freeze until the temperature drops into the 20s, pipes exposed to windy areas could experience cracking.

•Be sure that pipes are properly insulated, wrap newspaper or clothes around outside faucets, or in cold areas of homes.Let sensitive faucets run at a slow drip to allow for water to move, which helps prevent freezing.

•If you think a pipe might be frozen (you open a tap and no water comes out), don’t take any chances, call a plumber and leave your tap open until they arrive. Also, turn off the water main to your house to avoid shifting ice and flooding.

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Protect the 4 P’s: People, Pets, _____, and _____


•During extremely cold weather, pets should be kept indoors.

•Don’t shave your pet’s coat all the way down during winter, exposed skin can easily lead to hypothermia and frostbite. If your dog is short-haired, consider getting him a coat or sweater for the winter weather.

•Never leave your animal in a car during the winter. They can act as refrigerators and can result in hypothermia.

•More from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cold-weather-tips

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Protect the 4 P’s: People, _____, _____, and _____


•Check on the elderly and those who may have functional or access needs to make sure that they have sufficient warmth to get them through the cold weather

•Watch for signs of hypothermia, which include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and exhaustion. If you feel the person is suffering from hypothermia, get them to a warm location, remove any wet clothing and warm the center of the body first, giving warm, non-alcoholic beverages to the victim if conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible. If a persons’ body temperature falls behind 95°, it is a medical emergency – call 911 immediately

Outdoor Activities

•Avoid doing activities, such as exercising, outdoors when there is extreme cold.
•If you have to be outdoors, dress in several thin layers rather than one thick layer, cover your head to reduce heat loss, cover your mouth using scarf or mask to help warm the air before your breath it.

•Be sure that space heaters are properly tested and are placed a safe distance from flammable materials. If using a kerosene or propane-powered heater, be sure to maintain ventilation to prevent the build-up of toxic fumes. Never refuel canisters inside.
•Ovens and stoves should never be used to heat your home, and they pose a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
•Keep children and pets away from space heaters at all times.


•When driving, be sure to remember that cold weather may cause highway overpasses and bridges to freeze. Take extra precautions when driving during cold weather.

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#PressRelease – Northport Fire Rescue Continues to Give Back to the Community


On Saturday, December 19, Christmas will be coming early to some of the residents at Green Village Mobile Home Park… Over the last couple of week the department has been taking collections to help some of those in that community during this holiday season…

“When I became the Chief of the Department, my motto was Out of the Station and Into the Community and this is our way on continuing that goal.” – Fire Chief Bart Marshal

“We work toward this motto year round with our continued mission to educate the citizens on the importance of fire safety, but sometimes it’s about more, it’s reaching out and helping those that are not as fortunate as others. My guys have been working to collect items to help make some lucky individuals Christmas Holidays a whole lot brighter and yes, we aren’t going to pass up the opportunity to assure that also have working smoke detectors too. Holiday Cheer and fire safety go hand and hand…”

Special Thank You to all those that have helped…

Partners: Christ Harbor Methodist, Mount Olive Baptist, 5 Points Baptist, Valley Church, Flatwoods Elementary

Donors: Hungry Howie’s Pizza, Dollar General, Buffalo Rock, Mary’s Cakes & Pastries, Heritage House, Cici’s Pizza, Walmart, Publix, McDonalds (N’port), Northport Local Union 2676, and several private citizens


Lt. “Elf on the Shelf” Tony Gill

205-333-3020 ext.263



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On Monday, December 14th at 10am, Northport Fire Rescue will be conducting a Live Fire Safety Demonstration on what can go wrong if a Christmas tree that’s not properly cared for catches on fire.. We will be giving safety tips on how to have a Safe and Merry Christmas…

Christmas tree safety tips

Each year, fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Carefully decorating Christmas trees can help make your holidays safer.

Picking the tree

– If you have an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant.
Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing the tree

– Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1″ – 2″ from the base of the trunk.

– Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.

– Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.
Lighting the tree

– Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.

– Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.

– Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.

– Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

After Christmas

– Get rid of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.


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