When putting together your Severe Weather Safety Kit, one item that is an absolute must is a NOAA Weather Radio, such as one of the models shown below:
Each of the above weather radios are available at RadioShack, and feature both electric and battery back-up power and an alarm clock. The first and last models also include an AM/FM Radio.
I personally own the 1st radio shown. It features S.A.M.E. (Specific Area Message Encoding) technology, which allows you to program the unit to warn you only of the specific types of severe weather that you choose for your county (rather than having the radio alert go off anytime there is severe weather anywhere in the entire listening area). It also features an LED screen (shown in the 1st picture) that alerts you to the type of weather warning or other hazard that was recently broadcast.
The last radio shown also features the S.A.M.E. technology, but lacks the LED display.
The first two units are available for purchase at most RadioShack stores. The last unit is available online only. To view the entire line of NOAA Weather Radios available at RadioShack, please go here.
Regardless of whether you purchase your weather radio at RadioShack or elsewhere, my advice is that you just make sure that you have one on hand that fits your needs prior to the start of severe weather season in your area. When you buy it, be sure to pick up extra batteries that you can keep in your severe weather safety kit should the power go out for an extended period of time.
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