Fredericksburg New NWS Transmitter

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You would think the release could at least include the frequency.


Virginia Department of Emergency Management
10501 Trade Court, Richmond, VA 23236
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Mahogany Hart, Mary Washington Hospital, (540) 741-1439

FOR RELEASE AT WILL - Jan. 7, 2010
New Transmitter Fills Weather Alert Radio Gap in Fredericksburg

RICHMOND, VA — Residents in north central Virginia now have expanded weather radio alerting coverage. A new transmitter, antenna and generator have just started operation in the city of Fredericksburg atop Mary Washington Hospital.
"With the recent tornadoes in Suffolk and our current winter weather, we see how important these alerts are," said Michael Cline, state coordinator for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. "Improving weather radio coverage means improving Virginians' safety."
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's All Hazard Weather Radio network broadcasts weather watches and warnings from local National Weather Service offices 24 hours a day. The network includes 1,000 transmitters covering all 50 states, adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the U.S. Pacific Territories.
A grant from the Mary Washington Hospital Foundation, combined with funds from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, paid for the equipment and installation. The hospital will maintain the equipment.
In addition to weather alerts, the network also sends environmental and public safety alerts, including messages for the Emergency Alert System. The NWS credits weather radio alerts with saving countless lives April 28, 2008, when 11 tornadoes struck southeastern and south central Virginia.
"The All-Hazards NOAA Weather Radio network is an invaluable tool that saves lives by getting weather watches and warnings nearly instantaneously to the public," said Chris Strong, warning coordination meteorologist with the NWS in Sterling, Va. "With this new equipment, we are better able to protect lives and property in north central Virginia."
 
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