April 29, 2011 – Lee County, North Carolina
Lee County Emergency Services Director Shane Seagroves has stated the NOAA weather radio remains one of the best ways to receive weather-related warnings at night. NOAA Weather Radio is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. Weather service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information is broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In North Carolina nearly 30 NOAA weather radio broadcast stations provide weather forecast and warning information for all 100 counties.
NOAA weather radio will alert you 24 hours a day to the following weather hazards in your county: tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, flash floods, river floods and winter storms. These special receivers range in price from $20 to $65, though most will cost less than $40. The weather radios round-the-clock protection can be a life-saving investment and can be found in most electronic stores and on many popular websites. When purchasing NOAA weather radio consumers are recommended to buy a radio with the S.A.M.E. (Specific Area Message Encoded) technology. This technology allows the user to program specific counties into the radio such that it only receives alerts for the desired county or counties.
For residents to be as safe as possible, NOAA weather radio needs to become as common in homes, schools, businesses and public places as smoke detectors.
For more information on NOAA weather radio you can visit http://weather.gov/nwr.