A dangerous F3 tornado plowed through Riegelwood in southeastern Weather Channel North Carolina just before sunrise on November 16, 2006. The majority of residents were either still asleep or had just started their day. The possibility of a tornado being whipped up was not something anyone thought about, even though it was November. Residents of the town were unaware of the imminent danger.
At 6:29 AM, the National Weather Service office Wilmington, NC issued an advisory for a tornado. The tornado struck the small town eight minutes later. In a matter of seconds, 8 people had died and 20 were severely injured. Four children below 12 years old were among the victims.
Extreme Weather Channel Can Happen Anytime
Extreme Weather Channel such as tornadoes, thunderstorms or flash floods can occur at any moment and without warning. These storms can develop quickly and have a short life expectancy. However, severe weather events can cause great destruction, injury, and even death during their short lives. On average, Americans deal with 10,000 storms, 2,500 floods and 1,000 tornadoes each year. There are also six deadly hurricanes every year. Nearly 90% of all declared disasters by the president are weather-related, resulting in nearly 500 deaths and almost $14 billion in damages.
We don’t have the ability to control the weather but we do have enough technology to help us seek safety.
One of America’s most secretive radio stations, NOAA Weather Channel Radio, is one of the most trusted. The National Weather Service has over 1,000 radio transmitters that stream current weather conditions, forecasts and warnings across the country, seven days a week.
NOAA Weather Channel Radio informs people about severe weather warnings and watches, giving them extra time to respond before dangerous storms strike their area. Seconds can make the difference between life or death when you are in the path of a tornado.
A special type of radio receiver must be capable of receiving these alerts. NOAA Weather Channel Radios can be purchased in electronics, sporting goods, marine supply shops, and online. They are affordable (starting at $30.00) and can be programmed for a specific area. NOAA Weather Radios were designed to use the features of NOAA Weather Channel Radio.
Every NWS advisory, watch or warning is preceded with a special alert signal. The radio activates an audio or visual alarm when these signals are detected. This alarm feature is particularly useful when warnings are being issued at night, when most people are asleep. A weather radio works in the same way as your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, awakening you and giving you time to respond.
NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts non-weather emergency alerts such as public safety, national security, natural, or environmental emergencies (i.e. AMBER Alerts are sent through the Emergency Alert System, making it an “All Hazards” warning system.
SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding Technology) is the best technology used by Weather Channel Radios. SAME technology uses a series digital tones that identify the type of warning and the exact geographic area it is being sent. SAME lets you filter out warning broadcasts from distant locations and only monitor messages that are relevant to your immediate area. A Coastal Flood Warning may not interest you if you don’t live near a beach. You can tell the receiver to ignore Coastal Flood alerts and advisories.
The same technology is used to activate the Emergency Alert System by cable TV, commercial radio and television stations.
The NWS assigns a 6-digit code to each county in the United States. The radio can be programmed with this code. After the code has been set, the radio will only respond to the alerts for the specific area. The radio can be reset for your new location if you move.
Depending on which model you choose to use, additional programming can be done in order to reduce false alarms and to include nearby counties within your alert area. This is especially important for residents who live close to county boundaries.
The same radios can be used in portable and desktop versions. You can take your radio with you anywhere you go. They can also be programmed to work while you are on vacation or on the move. A portable radio can be used to alert you to weather hazards if you are outdoors or engage in outdoor activities.
A battery backup feature is essential for desktop models. The receiver will be able to work without commercial power, so it can continue working even if power goes out.
For those with hearing loss or sight impairment, models are also available.
Weather Radio evolved over time to broadcast non-Weather Channel emergencies, making it an “All Hazards” network. If necessary, broadcasts are made of information about chemical spillages, earthquakes and terrorist attacks.
Although we are unable to recommend a specific receiver brand, we recommend that you choose a radio that has the Public Alert Logo. The Consumer Electronics Association and the National Weather Channel Service adopted this standard. The Public Alert Logo is a symbol that radios meet certain technical standards. It also includes all of the features listed here.
Smoke detectors are installed in all of our houses to warn us when there is a fire. We have carbon monoxide detectors that alert us to potential deadly gasses from our furnaces/fireplaces/gas heaters. To protect against dangerous and severe weather tomorrow, you should have an NOAA Weather Radio. You can get early warnings about severe weather to give you time to prepare and prevent you and your family becoming a victim.