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Give the Gift of Safety this Holiday Season

When searching for that special gift this holiday season, consider giving a potentially life-saving NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio. These radios sound an alarm when NOAA’s National Weather Service issues a warning for severe weather, such as a tornado or flash flood, and can relay civil emergency messages.

A NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio could save your life some day. When seconds count, NOAA Weather Radio provides critical information necessary to immediately take action and stay safe.

NOAA All Hazards Weather Radios are sold in electronic stores, discount stores, and online retailers. Prices vary by model and available options, but typically range between $20 and $80.

Many units are small, portable and travel easily. The pocket radio model is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, such as hikers and boaters. Battery backup power allows for portability and continued service during power outages, when televisions and computers would be out.

During an emergency, National Weather Service forecasters interrupt routine weather radio programming and send out a special tone that activates weather radios in the listening area. The tone alarm feature can sound an alert from a “standby” setting and provides immediate information about a life-threatening situation. Hearing-impaired people can also get these warnings by connecting weather radios with alarm tones to other kinds of attention-getting devices such as strobe lights, pagers, bed shakers and printed text equipment.

NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio is an essential item for every home, business and public area. NOAA Weather Radio should be as common as a smoke detector as it provides the same type of warning to protect us from harm. 

NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio, a component of the nation's Emergency Alert System, is comprised of a nationwide network of more than 1,000 transmitters directly linked to one of the local National Weather Service offices across the country.

Watch the video below to see how NOAA Weather Radio saves lives. Video courtesy of Bruce Thomas of Midland Radio. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.