Nashville, TN -- In a potentially dangerous severe weather situation would you (and your family) rather be among the first or among the last to know?
Hint: first is a whole lot better and it doesn't cost much. The price of a no-frills NOAA Weather Radio is about $20. A weather radio provides instant access to the same weather reports and emergency information that meteorologists and emergency personnel use -- information that can save your life.
The State of Tennessee recognizes the Weather Radio's value. Radios have been installed in every public school in the state to give advance warning in just such emergencies as May's tornadoes.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Tennessee Office of Emergency Management recommend that every home have a NOAA Weather Radio receiver as standard equipment. These receivers are equipped with a special alarm tone that can sound an alert and give you immediate information about a life-threatening situation.
During an emergency, National Weather Service forecasters will interrupt routine weather radio programming and send out a special tone that activates weather radios in the listening area. NOAA Weather Radio now broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards. They are especially valuable in places that are prone to tornadoes.
Through the NOAA Weather Radio, you'll not only receive emergency information, but also around-the-clock weather reports and information to help you prepare for the day ahead. The hearing-and-visually impaired also can get these warnings by connecting weather radios with alarm tones to other kinds of attention-getting devices like strobe lights, pagers, bed-shakers, personal computers and text printers. A battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio will also advise you of emergency conditions whether at home, at work, traveling, on vacation or at play.
To buy a NOAA Weather Radio, check with stores that sell electronics, or call the National Weather Service office closest to you. More information is available through the Weather Service's NOAA Weather Radio Web Site: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr