Monday, March 31, 2008
10:28 AM

Prepare for spring storms with a NOAA weather radio

 (BLUE SPRINGS, MO. Ė Feb. 14, 2007) Weather in Missouri can be volatile with severe thunderstorms and tornadoes common in the spring. If you live in an area without tornado sirens, the electricity goes off or the storm occurs while you are asleep, you may have no way of knowing that severe weather is approaching. 

A tool that can save lives in those situations is a NOAA Weather Radio. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, through the National Weather Service, broadcasts warnings, watches, forecasts and crucial hazard information 24 hours a day on NOAA weather radios. 

You do not even have to be listening to the radio to be alerted. When a threat is determined, routine weather programming is interrupted and a special tone transmitted that automatically activates your weather radio to provide emergency warnings in affected areas. This is possible because Specific Area Message Encoding Technology allows you to program your weather radio to receive only broadcasts for a specific area and for certain types of emergencies. For example, you can set the radio to alert you in case of tornado warnings but not hurricanes or floods.

Purchase weather radios from local retailers that carry consumer electronics or home entertainment equipment. NOAA radios sell for anywhere from $25 to $100.  Consider a model that includes a battery back-up in case of a power outage. Watch for promotions, which often offer weather radios at a reduced rate during the severe storm season.  And while you are purchasing a NOAA weather radio for your home, why not consider donating one to your local school or church?

For more information on NOAA radios visit the NOAA web site at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr

University of Missouri Extension is working with Missouriís State Emergency Management Agency to help educate citizens on emergency preparedness. For more information on how you can protect your family from natural or man-made disasters, visit one of these web sites:

For more information on community development issues, contact Georgia Stuart-Simons, University of Missouri Extension community development specialist, at 660-747-3193 or stuartsimmonsg@missouri.edu.

University of Missouri Extension programs focus on the high priority needs of Missourians. Each county extension center, with oversight by locally elected and appointed citizens, is your local link to practical research-based solutions to the challenges of everyday life. Visit extension.missouri.edu for more information.                                                              

Georgia Stuart-Simmons, Community Development Specialist
University of Missouri Extension
(660) 747-3193

University Outreach and Extension David Reinbott, reinbottd@missouri.edu
Agriculture Business Specialist
Last modified: March 31, 2008