Posted on March 10, 2017
Why Are NOAA All Hazards Weather Radios Important To Have In Your household?
The NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio is a critical of equipment for you your emergency kit. The NOAA weather broadcasts provide alerts for more than just severe weather. It also can alert you of other disasters, including earthquakes, chemical spills, nuclear emergencies, train derailments, AMBER alerts, terrorist attacks, and more.
There are two types of NOAA radios. First is a portable, emergency use, radio. You keep this one in your emergency kit for such a time as needed. Second is your stationery, always-plugged-in, radio. You keep this one at home, always ready to sound the alarm.
The portable emergency radio is what you will keep in your emergency kits. The important thing here is how you are going to power the radio. Batteries are by far the most convenient way to power your emergency radio. In fact, that may be all you need and want for your always-carry-gear emergency kit. Battery only units are smaller and lighter than models with hand-cranks and solar panels. If you carry an AM/FM radio in your always-carry-gear emergency kit, then consider getting a radio with NOAA weather band capability.
Solar power doesn’t require any effort, but only works in direct sunlight. This means that if it is cloudy, nighttime, or you are indoors, this option won’t do you any good. And note that during weather related emergencies it’s not normally sunny! If you are looking for a radio for a long-term kit then consider this option, the Voyager Pro Emergency Radio - Lithium Battery is a great option.
The key feature to look for in your stationary weather radio is that it automatically receives alerts. This feature sounds an alarm and turns the radio on for the duration of the alert message. This alerts you any time of the day or night a life threatening situation is present and gives you time to take action before it is too late!
Make sure you have a battery backup. If the power goes out and you do not have a backup, you will not get the potentially lifesaving alert.
Choose a model that can be plugged into the wall. This is because the risk of dead batteries is too great. This could be in the form of a rechargeable unit with a charging stand or one that simply has a permanently attached plug. A rechargeable unit could also potentially serve as a portable emergency radio.