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Make Dad's Day Safer - Give Him a Weather Radio

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June 16, 2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. – Father’s Day is Sunday.  While you’re out shopping for the perfect power tool for dad, think about the one he might not have.

“A weather radio could be the tool that saves your life during a storm, just like a smoke detector is in a fire,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Bolch. “It can give you precious seconds to get to safety when threatening storms approach.”

Unlike a standard AM/FM radio which may air a local forecast, a weather radio broadcasts National Weather Service warnings and watches around the clock. The radio sounds an alert to provide warnings of potential danger from floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and other severe weather conditions.

“A battery-operated weather radio will work even when power goes out, like it did when the April 16 storms and tornadoes hit,” N.C. Emergency Management Director Doug Hoell said.

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

Weather radios are available at many retail stores, electronics stores, marine supply stores, truck stops, cable shopping networks and on the Internet. Prices range anywhere from $20 to $200.

For more information about this disaster, go to and click on the red “April Tornadoes” tab. More information is also available at

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.


Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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