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Programming Your Weather Radio

programming a weather radioNational Weather Service radios with SAME (Specific Area Message Encoder) circuitry allows them to be programmed with local county/city codes. Each code represents a specific geographic area so the weather radio alerts only if the Shelter-in-Place emergency is in programmed local area.

The National Weather Service has established national regions by state and county, and assigned a 6-digit FIPS (Federal Information Processing System) code to identify each county. The code for Contra Costa County is 06013. "06" designates California, and "013" designates Contra Costa County. Contra Costa County has been divided into nine subdivisions that have been assigned numbers 1-9. That number is added to the beginning of the FIPS code for SAME programming. Follow the programming instructions that came with the radio to enter the correct code.

Contra Costa County Programming Codes:

Code Area Zip Codes Communities
106013 Northwest 94569, 94525, 94572 Crockett, Port Costa, Rodeo, Selby, Tormey
206013 North Central 94520 (north of Highway 4), 94553 Clyde, Concord, Martinez, Vine Hill, Pacheco
306013 Northeast 94509, 94531, 94565 Antioch, Bay Point, Pittsburg, Port Chicago
406013 West Central 94547, 94564 Hercules, Pinole
506013 Central 94518 thru 94524, 94527, 94529, 94549, 94595 thru 94598 Lafayette, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek,
Concord (south of Highway 4)
606013 East Central 94511, 94513, 94514, 94548, 94561 Bethel Island, Brentwood, Byron, Knightsen, Oakley
706013 Southwest 94530, 94706, 94707, 94708, 94801, 94802, 94803 thru 94808, 94820, 94850 North Richmond, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Kensington, Richmond, San Pablo
806013 South Central 94507, 94526, 94556, 94563, 94570, 94575, 94583, 94595 Alamo, Danville, Moraga, Orinda, San Ramon
906013 Southeast 94506, 94517 Clayton

Codes can also be found on the Internet on the National Weather Service Web site.

Weather Radio Operation Tips:

  • Plug the radio into AC power for continuous use, and rely on the battery back-up in case of a power outage
  • Find a location for the weather radio that provides the best reception, such as near a window and away from obstructions such as metal cabinets or shelves. (In some geographic locations in the county, an outside antenna may be required for good reception)
  • Set the radio to receive all alerts in the County OR program it to receive only alerts for the FIPS area from the above chart for the area where you live
  • Monitor your radio to ensure it is receiving the regular weekly test broadcast by the NWS every Wednesday between 11:00 am and 1:00 p.m. Most models will display "CHECK OPS" if the weekly test was not received, prompting the user to check that the radio is operating properly