Colorado Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides (DR-4145)
A Perfect Gift to Show You Care: A Weather Radio
By Loaitza Esquilin
As the holiday of love and friendship approaches, many of us are looking for the perfect gift for the one we love.
How about a weather radio? It may not seem like the most romantic gift, but in reality it says “I love you and I care” as much as any candlelight dinner. And you’ll know the people you love can be made safer by a gesture as simple as giving them a weather radio.
Natural disasters can happen anywhere at any time. The best we can do is being prepared. The main advantage of a battery-powered weather radio is that it continues to run when power is lost.
When power outages cut off our communication with the rest of the world, a weather radio helps people stay in touch and informed. Your loved ones feel safer knowing they at least have some control over the situation.
Surviving an emergency may mean having a supply of food, water and other supplies for at least three days. There will be local officials and rescue workers in the disaster area, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. Help may arrive in hours, or it might take days. That’s why it is important to have both an emergency kit and weather radio handy.
If your loved ones do not already have their own emergency kit, consider creating one for them. It’s a very thoughtful gift.