Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Battery Operated Radio Should Be In Your Emergency Supplies

Each month, I receive an e-mail with just one thing you can do each month to become prepared for an emergency.  There were three great options of things to do this month, but the one I think we put off the most is making sure we have a battery operated radio.  Depending on where you live in the county, you might benefit from a NOAA emergency alert radio.  They do not work in all areas.

Weather can change very quickly. Severe weather may strike when people are sleeping or unaware of the forecast. This can be deadly if people do not seek a safe shelter. A NOAA emergency alert radio (sometimes called a weather radio) can turn itself on when an emergency alert is issued and warn you at any time - day or night.  Emergency alert radios can also be used to warn about other emergencies, such as a chemical spill. With the Emergency Alert Radio, you will be warned about dangerous situations in time to take shelter or other safe action.These radios can be purchased at stores that sell electronics. Prices start at about $20.00. Most run on batteries or have battery back-up.

Even if you can not utilize a NOAA, a battery operated radio is still a must for getting information when the power is out.  Often the first communication tool back up after an emergency is the radio station. The station will share important information on what you need to do to remain safe.

To learn more about what you can do to be prepare, check out this month's newsletter.

Sept Fact Sheet

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