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Weather Radios Are a Great Idea for Father's Day

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June 14, 2011
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CLINTON, Miss. -- If information is power, why not give dad a powerful tool for Father’s Day that could really save lives: a weather radio?

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio can help monitor dangerous storms. The weather radio transmits alerts of severe weather and dangerous conditions before they arrive.

The National Weather Service broadcasts forecasts and severe weather warnings and watches 24 hours a day over the NOAA radio network. A watch means that potentially life-threatening weather is heading toward your area. A warning means that potentially life-threatening weather is imminent or already occurring.

NOAA's radio system is an all-hazards system, providing watches and warnings for such incidents as floods, tornados, oil spills, 911 telephone outages, terrorist and AMBER alerts, as well as post-event information. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommend that every home and business have a NOAA Weather Radio receiver as standard equipment for around-the-clock reports.

Weather radios are available at electronics stores at prices ranging from $20 to $200. Here are some features you should look for when purchasing one:

  • Alarm tone - This allows the radio to be set on silent but produces a special tone to alert you to severe weather.
  • Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) - This feature provides area specific information by filtering out alerts that do not affect your immediate area.
  • Hand crank or battery operated - A radio should be able to operate on batteries or be hand-cranked to produce operating power.
  • Tunable to all NWS frequencies - Visit for frequencies.
  • For hearing or visual impairment - A feature that allows radios to connect the alarms to other attention-getting devices such as personal computers and text printers.

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Give dad a gift that can make a difference -- maybe the most important difference of all.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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