Choosing The Right Emergency Radio May Save Your Life

Following are important tips about how to choose an emergency radio, possibly one of the most important choices you will ever make. In fact, having your family prepared for emergencies is a high priority. Experts unanimously agree that one of the most important tools in your line of defense against threats such as hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, floods and even chemical spills is a dependable emergency radio. Knowing how to choose an emergency radio for your situation is all too important!

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has established broadcasts designed to deliver emergency information throughout the country. Information is broadcast that is critical to those in threatened areas.

Remember: Most TV and radio stations broadcast emergency alerts, but information conveyed in that way is not as complete or as specific as a continuous broadcast alert for your dedicated emergency radio. This short article is designed to help you make a good decision in choosing a radio that is right for you.

Know your area! Consider the weather patterns and any potential hazards that are common to your surroundings. Not everyone lives in a flood zone, but you may have to traverse one in your daily travels. Do you live in Tornado Alley? Know these things to be safe.

Do you require a programmable, “smart” radio that you can program for specific alerts? These can bypass other nonrelated alerts. Not all emergency radios come with this feature.

Make sure that you can receive NOAA weather alerts!

Will you be able to hear the alerts? Consider where your radio will be located, and how well you will be able to hear it. Some people are just harder to rouse than others are. This could be very important.

How about the power supply? Batteries? AC power? Self-regenerating (crank powered) radios are also available. Have solid, dependable backup power for your radio. Do not depend on a single power source as any can fail.

If your radio is used for boating or camping, make certain that it is waterproof.

Finally, read and research before you buy. Some radios are simply more powerful or more dependable. Nothing is more important to your decision than your own research.

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