May 7th is NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Awareness Day. This campaign encourages Wisconsin residents to own a NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio, a 24-hour source of weather forecasts, watches, warnings and non-weather emergency information provided by the National Weather Service.
Weather radios are "smoke detectors for danger." 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 during severe weather and give you and your family time to seek appropriate shelter. If there is no severe weather or emergency, your radio can be switched to a silent, stand-by mode.
Recent tornado outbreaks in the central U.S. remind us that it is time to prepare for possible tornadoes here in Wisconsin. Many communities have outdoor warning sirens. Tornado sirens are designed to alert people who may be outdoors. If you are inside a building or sleeping, you may not hear the sirens. That's why NOAA Weather Radios should be your primary source to alert you and your families about severe weather and other emergencies.
The NOAA Weather Radio network started in 1972 and is the sole government-operated radio system to provide direct warnings for all hazardous conditions that pose a threat to lives and property. There are 37 stations that broadcast weather and hazards information to the residents of Wisconsin, and over 1,000 stations nationwide.
National Weather Service - Milwaukee/Sullivan