Why You Should Have a Weather Radio

WEST MONROE -- Let's face it, when severe storms strike, weather warnings from a NOAA Weather Radio can save your life.

People should have as many ways as possible to receive severe weather alerts. Sure, there's your local TV news station and the app on your mobile device. But, there are also weather radios.

"It's a relatively inexpensive investment for something that is very critical and can be a lifesaving tool," said Matt Hemingway with the National Weather Service in Shreveport.

Last year, at least two tornadoes touched down across north Louisiana and south Arkansas. And there were dozens of reports of wind damage and hail from thunderstorms.

When the threat of hazardous weather is heading your way, the National Weather Service will issue a weather warning.

"When those watches and warnings are issued, they're immediately alerted through a tone from their NOAA Weather Radio letting them know which specific watch or warning has been issued," mentioned Hemingway.

Broadcasting through regional transmitters, NOAA Weather Radios come with an advantage over your smartphone or tablet.

"If for some reason cell towers are damaged or taken out during a weather event, you may not get that message on your cell phone either," Hemingway said.

Also, bad weather often leads to downed power lines. But the radio is battery powered. So you'll still be able to instantly receive alerts.

Severe weather activity ramps up in April and May. So, don't wait around.

"We are coming up on the peak of severe weather season," Hemingway pointed out. "If you're looking at getting one of these radios, now is the time to do it."

Most weather radios are about $30 and can be purchased from most pharmacy or electronic stores. They withstand power and cell phone outages. They can potentially save your life. There's really no excuse not to have one in your home.

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