Time for fresh batteries for smoke detectors and your NOAA Weather Radio

Daylight saving time means fresh batteries for smoke detectors and your NOAA Weather Radio

Photo showing examples of NOAA Weather Radios
While moving the clock ahead one hour this weekend, be sure to place fresh batteries into smoke detectors and your NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receiver. Those who do not currently have a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receiver are strongly encouraged to have this potentially life-saving device as the United States enters the spring severe weather season.
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards saves lives by providing immediate broadcasts of severe weather warnings and civil emergency messages - giving those in harm’s way critical lead time to respond and remain safe. Tornado warnings, flood warnings, AMBER Alerts for child abductions, chemical spill messages and many other notifications, in addition to routine weather observations and forecasts, make NOAA Weather Radio an essential item for every home, business and public area.
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, a component of the nation’s Emergency Alert System, is comprised of a nationwide network of more than 1,000 transmitters directly linked with one of the 123 local offices of NOAA’s National Weather Service, which issues weather warnings and relays civil emergency messages on behalf of law enforcement agencies.



NOAA Weather Radio Features

·         Tone alarm: Special tones precede the initial broad cast of all emergency announcements regarding immediate weather threats and civil emergency messages to gain a listener’s attention. These tones also will activate radios that         are on alert mode, yet silent. This feature is especially crucial when severe storms or other events occur at night when most people are sound asleep.
·         Size: Units are small (about the size of a clock radio) and require little space on a nightstand or table. They travel easily (vacations, relocations) and will use the signal from a nearby transmitter.
·         Battery backup: Ensures continued service during a loss of electricity, which can disable the warning capabilities of television and the Internet.
·         Customization: Most models featuring SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) technology can be programmed to sound select alerts for select areas—in essence, broadcasting messages that only apply to the local area.
·         Accessories: Many radios allow customization for an external antenna to improve reception; and for devices for the hearing or visually impaired, such as strobe lights, pagers, or bed shakers.
Receivers carrying the Public Alert logo meet industry standards, including SAME and a battery backup, as set by the Consumer Electronics Association.
Purchasing NOAA Weather Radios

Units that receive the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards signal are available at many electronic retail stores, marine supply stores, mail order catalogs and the Internet. Prices vary by model and available options, but typically range between $20 and $80.


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