Those who want to receive severe weather alerts as soon as they are issued by the National Weather Service should consider purchasing a NOAA Weather Alert Radio. (NOAA stands for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.) NOAA Weather Alert radios are available at many Front Range pharmacies and grocery stores. The radios may be programmed to narrow weather alerts for the Erie area by entering in the S.A.M.E. codes for Boulder and Weld counties.