NOAA Weather Radio Saves Lives
Today, a better understanding of tornadoes, technology such as Doppler radar, and faster communications with storm spotters, allow meteorologists to provide more accurate and timely warnings for destructive tornadoes and severe storms. However, in order for these warnings to be effective, people must receive the warnings in a timely manner and take proper actions to protect themselves.
The best way to receive severe weather watches and warnings is with a tone-alert NOAA Weather Radio receiver. A weather radio will give you severe weather information direct from the National Weather Service. Watches and warnings are preceded by alert signals that can automatically activate your radio and get your attention with a high-pitched alarm. Newer radios can be programmed to only alert you to watches and warnings for specific areas of your choosing.
Nearly 1/3 of all tornadoes, and 40% of all severe thunderstorms, occur at night in Illinois. A weather radio with alerting capability will wake you up to warn you of an impending storm. Some of the people that survived the deadly tornadoes near Evansville, Indiana in November 2005 did so because they were alerted by a weather radio. It is very difficult to hear outdoor warning sirens inside your home at night when you are asleep.
Weather radios can be purchased at many home improvement, electronics, and department stores for only $30 to $80. They are highly recommended for homes, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, day care centers, and businesses. It is also a great idea to take one along with you when traveling, boating, or camping. During non-severe weather, weather radios air a continuous broadcast of local weather conditions and forecasts.
For more information, visit our NOAA Weather Radio page.