Weather Radios: Fairfax Prepares Day 6
Of course – it alerts you when there’s smoke.
NOAA Weather Radios are like smoke alarms for other dangers. There are three key reasons why you should own a weather radio:
- Weather radios alert you to dangers like tornadoes and floods or other incidents such as terrorist attacks.
- On standby 24 hours, especially at night to wake you up in case of emergency.
- Receive messages directly from the National Weather Service and other agencies immediately.
Without a weather radio, you could miss a critical warning message that could save your life and those in your family.
You don’t have to buy fancy or costly weather radios (they range from $20-$100). All weather radios are not identical, though. Try to buy one that use S.A.M.E. codes, which allow you to pre-program the weather radio to your location. Fairfax County’s S.A.M.E. code is 051059.
NOAA information and alerts are also available through many smartphone apps, websites and a phone number 703-652-1210, though these options do not actively warn you like a weather radio.
NOAA Weather Radios also can be made accessible to people who are hearing impaired. In some situations, it can be connected to an existing alerting system in a deaf or hard of hearing person’s home or some come with an LCD display, warning lights or simple texts that make alerts visible.