INDIANAPOLIS., Ind. -- Hoosiers, in a potentially dangerous severe-weather situation would you (and your family) prefer to be among the first or the last to know? A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio can make the difference.
The price of a no-frills NOAA Weather Radio starts around $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.
With a NOAA Weather Radio, you will be alerted to dangerous weather and have time to take shelter. 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 radios also broadcast warnings and information regarding technological disasters, such as chemical releases or oil spills.
The hearing-and-visually impaired 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. Most radios run on batteries or have battery back-up.
As of July 1, 2007, anyone who installs a manufactured home in a mobile home community after June 30, 2007 must have a weather radio inside, equipped with the following features per Indiana code 25-23.7-8:
1) Tone alarm activation.
To purchase 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: www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr. This site offers a wealth of information on NOAA Weather Radios.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.