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Weather Alert Radios

Hazard alert radios (also called "weather alert" radios) are an important emergency preparedness tool. Emergency management experts recommend that every home have one of these radios.

Basically, weather alert radios sound an alarm when dangerous weather threatens. Some weather events, like tornadoes, occur suddenly. Especially if they occur at night, you may not know of the impending danger unless you have a weather alert radio.

The radio is silent unless serious weather is imminent or occurring.

If Your Area is Under a "Watch"

Get a hazard alert radio for your home. If the radio is in voice mode, after eight seconds it automatically turns on the voice weather broadcast for five minutes.  The alert message will be displayed until its effective time expires.

A "watch" tells you when and where severe weather is more likely to occur. Be observant of conditions. Stay tuned to know when warnings are issued. Watches are intended to heighten public awareness and should not be confused with warnings.

If Your Area is Under a "Warning"

A "warning" is issued when severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property to those in the path of the storm.

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Revised September 9, 2010

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