NOAA weather radio is important safety device
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are now considered standard safety devices in homes.
Another equally valuable yet less common safety device for the home or business is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio.
With severe weather seemingly ever present in our daily lives, reports from NOAA can give you the information you need to make important decisions that will affect your life and the lives of your family members.
The NOAA Wea-ther Radio broadcast contains information about all types of sev-ere weather including tornado and flood warnings as soon as it is available, not on a scheduled interval or in conjunction with a TV or radio broadcast.
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, a component of the nation's Emergency Alert System, is comprised of a nationwide network of numerous transmitters directly linked with one of 123 local offices of NOAA's National Weather Service.
The closest office is the Wilmington, Ohio location which broadcast weather warnings that cannot be heard on a simple AM/FM receiver. With Ohio's Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week (March 25-31) upon us, plan on adding a NOAA Weather Radio to your home with these important features:
* A special tone that precedes the initial broadcast regarding immediate weather threats to gain the listener's attention.
This feature is especially crucial when severe storms strike at night when most people are sound asleep.
* The units are small and require little space on a nightstand or table. They are especially convenient for vacations and will use the signal from a nearby transmitter.
* A battery back-up that ensures the receiver continues service during a loss of electricity as the warning capabilities of television or the internet will be lost.
* S.A.M.E. (Specific Area Message Encoding) technology that can be programmed to sound only select alerts for specific areas such as Franklin County or Delaware County. This prevents undesired messages and false alarms, especially those outside the local area.
* Many radios allow for customization for the hearing or visually impaired, such as strobe lights, or bed shakers.
* Units that receive the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards signal are available at many electronic retail stores and range in cost from $20 to $100.
Look for receivers which carry the Public Alert logo (CEA-2009). Devices carrying the logo meet certain technical standards and come with the features mentioned. The National Weather Service does not manufacture these receivers.
Visit the township's website at www.wtwp.com to download your 65-page Emergency Preparedness Guide or stop by our Administration building at 6200 Eiterman Road for your free copy.
Washington Township Fire Department Fire Marshal Alan Perkins submitted the Smoke Signals column.