But another tool to consider is a weather radio.
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Working with the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Emergency Alert System , NWR is an "All Hazards" radio network,
making it your single source for comprehensive weather and emergency information. In conjunction with Federal, State, and Local Emergency Managers and other public officials, NWR also broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards – including natural (e.g. earthquakes or avalanches), environmental (e.g. chemical releases or oil spills), and public safety (e.g. AMBER alerts or 911 telephone outages).
Some features to consider are alarm tone, battery backup, and “Specific Area Message Encoding” (SAME) programming.
Options for those with Special Needs
NOAA Weather Radio offers nonverbal information embedded in its broadcasts to provide timely, critical warnings of life threatening events to the hearing impaired. Some receivers are equipped with special output connectors that activate alerting devices such as vibrators, bed shakers, pillow vibrators, strobe lights and other alerting systems. Visit www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/info/shhh.html for more information.
Programming Your NOAA Weather Radio
If you purchase a Weather Radio receiver with SAME, you should program it with coding for your area. By doing so, you can limit the alerts which will trigger your weather radio to only those affecting your warning area.
Follow the manufacturer’s directions to program your receiver using the six-digit SAME code(s) for the warning areas of interest to you.
For more about NOAA Weather Radios visit www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr
Bass Pro Shop sells a weather radio that is smaller than a cell phone.
Good to know, thanks for the info Douglas.