Severe Weather Awareness Week: NOAA Weather Radios
STORMTRACKER33 — This week is National Severe Weather Awareness week for Louisiana. Each day a new topic will be featured to help get you prepared for the upcoming Spring severe weather season. Yesterday we took a closer look at the differences between Watches and Warnings, today we will take a closer look at the advantages of owning a NOAA Weather Radio.
Severe weather in Southeast Louisiana and Coastal Mississippi can often develop rapidly. One of the most important features of your severe weather safety plan is to have a reliable means to receive information about severe weather including whether severe weather watches and warnings have been issued. A battery operated NOAA Weather Radio is an excellent means to receive severe thunderstorm and tornado watches and warnings. The NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts continuous weather information including current conditions for the local area, forecasts, watches, and warnings.
Weather radios can be programmed to automatically alert if warnings are issued for your Parish or County. Weather radios can be placed in standby mode and if a watch or warning is issued for your Parish or County, the radio will automatically sound a tone alert then play the audio portion. This feature is especially important in the Gulf South region when many severe weather events occur at night.
You can buy NOAA Weather Radios at many retail outlets, including electronics, department, sporting goods, and boat and marine accessory stores and their catalogs. Weather radios can also be purchased via the internet from online retailers or directly from manufacturers.