...NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS AWARENESS DAY...

SPRING AND SUMMER IN WISCONSIN BRINGS WARM WEATHER AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES. THIS TIME OF YEAR ALSO
BRINGS THUNDERSTORMS AND SEVERE WEATHER. GETTING A MESSAGE OF SEVERE WEATHER QUICKLY, AT ANY TIME
OF DAY OR NIGHT, IS THE KEY TO STAYING SAFE WHEN STORMS STRIKE. THAT IS WHY THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE ALONG WITH WISCONSIN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ARE SPONSORING NOAA WEATHER RADIO AWARENESS DAY
ON MAY 15.

THE BEST WAY TO BE AWARE OF WEATHER WARNINGS, ADVISORIES AND OTHER SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS IS TO
PURCHASE A NOAA WEATHER RADIO THAT RECEIVES NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BROADCASTS OF FORECASTS AND
WARNINGS. THE WEATHER SERVICE MAINTAINS THE NOAA WEATHER RADIO NETWORK WHICH IS NAMED FOR ITS
PARENT AGENCY, THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION.

WEATHER RADIO BROADCASTS ARE MADE OVER SEVEN CHANNELS, EACH COVERING A THREE TO SEVEN COUNTY AREA.
IN WISCONSIN, THERE ARE 30 WEATHER RADIO STATIONS ACROSS THE STATE PROVIDING 24 HOUR-A-DAY WEATHER
COVERAGE. WEATHER RADIO RECEIVERS ARE AVAILABLE AT ELECTRONIC STORES, WITH PRICES RANGING FROM $30
TO $70. WHEN PURCHASING A WEATHER RADIO, MAKE SURE IT HAS SEVEN CHANNELS, A WARNING ALERT FEATURE,
AND BATTERY BACKUP. THE HIGHER PRICED RECEIVERS USE "SPECIFIC AREA MESSAGE ENCODING" TECHNOLOGY
THAT ALLOWS USERS TO PROGRAM THEIR RADIO FOR SPECIFIC COUNTIES.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ADVISORIES AND WARNINGS FEED DIRECTLY INTO THE WEATHER SERVICE'S BROADCAST
COMPUTER SYSTEM, WHICH ENABLES THOSE WITH WEATHER RADIOS TO GET IMPORTANT WEATHER INFORMATION
FIRST. WEATHER RADIO RECEIVERS WITH THE TONE-ALERT FEATURE TURN ON AUTOMATICALLY, EVEN IN THE
MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT WHILE YOU SLEEP, TO ALERT THE LISTENER OF IMPENDING SEVERE WEATHER. WHEN THE
WEATHER IS FAIR, BROADCASTS OF LOCAL WEATHER CONDITIONS, FORECASTS, MARINE INFORMATION AND CLIMATE
DATA ARE HEARD.

"WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT ALL HOMES, SCHOOLS, CHURCHES, BUSINESSES, AND OTHER PLACES WHERE PEOPLE
GATHER HAVE A TONE-ALERT WEATHER RADIO," SAID JEFF LAST, WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST AT THE
GREEN BAY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE. TIME AFTER TIME, ADVANCED NOTICE OF SEVERE WEATHER
SUCH AS THUNDERSTORMS, FLASH FLOODS, AND TORNADOES HAS PROVEN TO BE A LIFE SAVER.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON NOAA WEATHER RADIO FOR SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN...GO TO OUR INTERNET
WEB SITE AT: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mkx/?n=nwr

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