Sirius XM Weather & Emergency
|Broadcast area||United States
|First air date||2004-09-10 on XM as XM EMergency Alert|
|Format||24/7 traffic and weather,
emergency alerts and news
|Class||Satellite radio channel|
|Affiliations||The Weather Channel|
|Owner||Sirius XM Radio|
|Website||Sirius XM Weather & Emergency|
Sirius XM Weather & Emergency was a free satellite radio channel dedicated to providing critical, updated information before, during and after natural disasters, weather emergencies and other hazardous incidents as well as AMBER Alerts to listeners across North America. The channel was also affiliated with The Weather Channel. It was normally a low bitrate channel, but bitrate was raised in case of widespread emergencies. The channel number, 247 on XM, is a reference to the term 24/7, the old name of the channel XM Emergency Alert.
As a promotional channel, it was available from any XM or Sirius radio without a subscription (which is required by law as part of the Emergency Alert System, which they are required to take part in).
These channels were discontinued during November 2010.
Past emergencies as XM Emergency Alert
During these events, XM Emergency Alert was used to give specific regional information for the affected area:
- Hurricane Ike, and local relays of KTRH and KHOU-TV.
- Hurricane Hanna
- Hurricane Gustav, and local relay of WRNO-FM
- Tropical Storm Fay
- Hurricane Dolly
- October 2007 California wildfires, and local radio relays of KFI and KOGO
- February–March 2007 Tornado Outbreak
- 2006 Colorado Blizzard
- 2006 Kiholo Bay earthquake
- Hurricane Florence
- Hurricane Ernesto
- Tropical Storm Chris
- Tropical Storm Alberto
- 2005 New York City transit strike
- Hurricane Wilma
- Hurricane Rita
- Hurricane Ophelia
- Hurricane Katrina
- Hurricane Dennis