May 8, 2013 is NOAA Weather Radio Awareness Day in Wisconsin. The campaign is to encourage Wisconsin residents to keep ahead of severe weather by listening to NOAA Weather Radio, a 24-hour source of weather forecasts, watches, warnings, and non-weather emergency information provided by the National Weather Service and its parent agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Weather radios are known as “smoke detectors for severe weather and hazardous conditions.” A NOAA Weather Radio with an alarm and battery back-up is one of the best ways to protect your family, especially at night when the alarm feature can wake you up during severe weather and give you and your family time to seek appropriate shelter. If there is no severe weather then your weather radio can be switched to a silent, stand-by mode.
Weather radios come in many sizes with a variety of functions. They can be purchased at most electronic stores and some office supply and hardware stores. Most weather radio receivers are either battery-operated portables or AC-powered desktop models with battery backup. The portable weather radios are an important item to take along when you are outdoors, especially when at a ball game, camping or boating. Many receivers have digital technology called Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) that allows users to program their radios to alarm only for hazardous conditions that affect their county.
For more information on NOAA Weather Radio, please visit the NWS Green Bay Weather Radio web site at: http://weather.gov/grb/nwr