Archive for Thursday, February 26, 2009

NOAA radios should be in every Kansas home

February 26, 2009

The start of March begins another severe-weather season in Kansas. It is time again to remind ourselves of long-learned basics. But, for those households without one, with that review should be a vow to invest in a NOAA or weather radio.

The radios, which should be as much of every Kansas home as a smoke alarm, can be tuned so that they provide immediate broadcasts of all manner of potential emergencies. But in the Midlands, it is the alert they provide of tornados and severe thunderstorms that make them indispensible.

The radios are valuable at all times, but provide a much-needed alert of the most deadly of tornadoes, those that blow up at night when many of us are already in bed. The only other warning to stir us from sleep is the warning sirens. Those might not be heard through walls or over air conditioning units or fans, and indeed sirens are meant to be for outdoor warning only.

Cost should not be a concern. A number of local merchants provide the radios at cost and a search of the Internet finds any number of options for a little as $20.

Those who haven’t invested in the security they provide should do so before this year’s severe weather season in upon us.

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