Did you know there is a special weather alert radio? NOAA provides alerts to help keep listeners safe in the event of dangerous conditions.
Do You Have Yours Yet?
Those living in the United States have seen no shortage of sever weather. And hurricane season doesn’t start until June.
Our Canadian friends saw again, first hand the dangers of wildfireTexas, Oklahoma and Kansas have suffered severe flooding. Houston’s flood has gone on for weeks. We reported on the treat to used car buyers as a result of the Houston floods.
Buying a used car that has been apart of a flood is trivial compared to other tragic events caused by the storms.
How Can We Protect Ourselves?
Information is the single greatest need when talking about severe weather. Warnings of impending severe weather, flooding, or other weather events is vital.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, has a nationwide network of radio stations that broadcast warnings of severe weather and other threats to life and property.
The goal is to provide sufficient warnings that citizens can take action or find cover to protect their life.
Most Of Us Get Our News From Television.
The news cycles of the 21st century are now twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. The local news is still active with alerts and warnings. Cable news has almost immediate alerts when severe weather is possible.
To get a warning from any of these sources means having them on at all times. Sleeping with the television on to hear a warning in the middle of the night is, at best, a stretch.
To tune and ordinary weather radio means the radio must be on and broadcasting (static) until a broadcast warning is released from the weather service. Turning the radio off means you will miss any warning.
The idea of hearing a warning siren at night while sleeping doesn’t sound like a real plan. It is however, what most rely on for warnings of imminent danger.
NOAA Weather Alert Radios Are Different
Your weather alert radio is on and tuned to a weather radio frequency. The radio remains silent until a warning, alert or other important message is issued.
This means if you are sleeping with a NOAA weather alert radio on the nightstand, a sudden alert will wake you in time to take cover or other action to remain safe.
Tornados, flash floods, avalanches, wildfires, terrorist alerts and other serious events are broadcasted as the warnings or alerts are issued.
There are weather alert radio features that only provide alerts that threaten your location. Other features in some radios allow for notifications only for certain threats. You can chose to disable one threat but receive others.
Examples might include turning off flash flood warnings as you are not in a location subject to such a threat, but receive tornado warnings.
Features Of Weather Alert Radios
This is the most important. The radio will broadcast an alert followed by information as to the threat. ie. Tornado, flash flood, Severe thunderstorm etc.
Many weather alert radios use AC power. They generally have battery backup in the event of power loss. Some radios have a crank style backup energy source while others may be solar powered. The options listed allow for the unit to be portable. Taking the radio with you as you seek safety is a great idea.
There are units, generally without the option of AC power designed to be mobile. They are portable and a great option when camping or traveling.
It is the Specific Area Message Encoding. A feature mentioned earlier. It allows for area specific threats to be received while alerts from other locations do not trigger an alert.
Some radios with include light features such as built in flashlights. Some have tones and signals for those with hearing deficiencies.
Do You Have Yours Yet?
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