Family Preparedness/NOAA Weather Radio

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Communication plans are an essential part of being prepared for severe weather in Crisp County. Not sure where to start with your plan?

Follow the link below to download a Family Emergency Plan or create a customized plan for your familiy.

http://ready.ga.gov/make-a-plan/

What is a NOAA Weather Radio?

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Working with the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Emergency Alert System , NWR is an "All Hazards" radio network, making it your single source for comprehensive weather and emergency information. In conjunction with Federal, State, and Local Emergency Managers and other public officials, NWR also broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards – including natural (such as earthquakes or avalanches), environmental (such as chemical releases or oil spills), and public safety (such as AMBER alerts or 911 Telephone outages).

The receivers come in many sizes and have a variety of different features. Some weather radios are equipped with a special tone feature, which can sound an alert and give households immediate information about potentially life-threatening situations. During an emergency, the National Weather Service will interrupt routine weather radio programming and send out a special tone that activates weather radios in the warning area.

A good receiver should be able to operate on batteries if the power goes out. Look for radios with an AC adapter and battery compartment. It also is recommended that you select a model with a Specific Area Message Encoder (SAME) receiver that can be set up to only sound for a single county. That way, you will hear the tone only when severe weather is headed directly for where you live.

Follow the link below for a complete list of Emergency Alert System (EAS) Event Codes:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/info/eventcodes.html

Sources:

http://ready.ga.gov/make-a-plan/

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/