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A NOAA emergency radio has many advantages

Stay informed with a NOAA emergency weather radio.
Stay informed with a NOAA emergency weather radio.
Dan Vale

Alerts from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) radio have many advantages compared to alerts from a regular radio, a television set, and email alerts on an iPhone. This article will discuss these advantages and describe how to program and use a NOAA emergency radio.

The portable NOAA emergency weather radio that I purchased was manufactured by Oregon Scientific. This radio comes with its own battery charger, cradle, and carrying case that attaches to a belt. Included with this radio are a User Manual, a Quick Start Guide, and a Warranty/Registration Card. There also is a customer service number to call, if needed.

This product has advantages that make it well worth the minimal cost of $29.00. Although television sets also give weather alerts, the TV is not always on, and it is not portable. Regular radio reports are not as up-to-date or as dependable as NOAA radio alerts. Email alerts to cell phones are not as attention grabbing as are the audible alerts from the NOAA radio. All of these advantages can be lifesaving when encountering fast moving hazards such as tornados, chemical hazards, or floods.

Those using a NOAA radio are alerted to weather and other environmental dangers in their specific area codes. After buying the NOAA radio, it must be programed to the specific area code in which the buyer lives.

Other features are noteworthy. A daily test alarm sounds to assure the owner that the NOAA radio is still functional. Every Wednesday from 10 AM to noon, there is a summary of all the alerts from the past week. From 11 AM to noon every Wednesday, weather permitting, the National Weather Service conducts a required weekly test of NOAA radios.

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