January 20, 2021
Your home is where you want to feel safe. You keep your home and family safe with smoke detectors, carbon dioxide detectors, deadbolt locks, outdoor lights, security systems, and maybe even one of those new high-tech doorbells that you can control with your smartphone. But what about protecting your loved ones in the event of fast-moving hazardous weather or civil emergencies? One of the most reliable ways to stay informed - instantly and accurately - is with an NOAA weather radio.
These radios provide you and your family with vital around-the-clock information automatically and instantly. Cell towers and networks can be vulnerable and unreliable. Service disruption and power loss across your phone, TV, and internet are common due to severe weather, mechanical failure, power outages, and even solar flares.
There is one thing certain about the weather it's powerfully unpredictable. A weather alert radio with a backup power source is your best option for instant access to information that could save your life or the life of someone you love.
Damage after the F-3 tornado in Evansville, IN November 2005 -- Image by Leif Skoogfors of FEMA via Wikimedia Commons
In 2005, an F-3 tornado ripped through a mobile home community in Evansville, Indiana killing 25 people. Sleeping residents were unaware of the impending danger. One of the tornado's victims that night was two-year-0ld C.J. Martin. His mother went on a mission to protect other families from the same heartache and painful loss. Her goal was to require manufactured housing manufactures to include weather alert radios in the home. In 2007, C.J.'s Home Protection Act became Indiana state law requiring all new and relocated manufactured homes in Indiana to install an NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards public alert radio. We believe that every home should have one of these radios as standard equipment -- just like a smoke detector.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), "Recovery officials estimate an (NOAA) all hazards weather radio may provide as much as eight minutes to move family and pets to a specially constructed safe room or at least a secure location in their home."
Minutes and seconds matter when faced with extreme weather or crisis. Early warnings are your family’s best protection.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radios use a special receiver to tune into National Weather Service (NWS) broadcasts 24/7. This alert system network is the single most immediate source for comprehensive weather and emergency information available to the public. NOAA weather radios broadcast warning and post-event information for a wide variety of hazards and emergencies. These radios provide you and your loved ones with instant access to the same weather reports and emergency information that meteorologists and emergency personnel use.
All of Midland's weather alert radios have the NOAA logo.
A desktop radio is one of the most common types of NOAA weather alert radios. They are perfect for your home and office. These radios maximize the information you receive by allowing you to customize your location and alert types. You can choose your type of alert from display, voice, or tone. Choose the "Display" alert and only a text alert will scroll on the display and no audible alarm with sound. If you choose the "Voice" alert, then the alert tone will sound for 8 seconds followed by the broadcast. If you select the "Tone" alert option, then the alert tone will sound for 3 minutes or until you press any button. Our radios feature an 85-decibel siren, but for the hearing impaired, you can use a visual alert system with our attachable strobe light.
The WR120 is a Midland classic and the most popular NOAA weather radio in North America! This radio is simple to set up and has 60 different programmable alerts.
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Another popular Midland weather alert radio is the WR400 Deluxe. This radio comes with all the bells and whistles. It features 80 different programmable alerts as well as a USB port for charging your devices.
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Both of these desktop radios are powered by an AC outlet with a battery backup power source, so you can stay informed even during a power outage.
One of best additions to your emergency prep kit is a hand crank radio. They provide the same instant alerts as a desktop radio, but they are compact and portable. Our ER310 is our all-in-one must-have NOAA weather radio. It is multi-purpose the bright Cree LED flashlight, USB port for charging your mobile device, SOS flashlight beacon, and even an ultrasonic dog whistle. Our crank radios offer multiple power options: solar panel, hand crank, AA batteries, and a long-lasting rechargeable lithium-ion battery. You can quickly recharge the device when power is available and have the backup charging options when it’s not.
Don’t wait until disaster strikes. Be aware on what types of alerts require you to take action, like a tornado watch vs. warning. With an NOAA weather radio, you can stay informed 24 hours a day 7 days a week!
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A Warning alert is more urgent than a Watch alert. This is an event that poses a significant threat to public safety and property and requires immediate action. Warnings are used for events that are either already occurring or imminent. This type of alert signals you to take immediate protective measures. Depending on the type of emergency, you may only have minutes to react and seek shelter.
A Warning covers smaller geographic areas than a Watch alert. All Warning alerts should be considered urgent -- even if you cannot see the danger seek immediate shelter.
Emergency alerts arise from events that, by themselves, do not pose a threat of injury, death, or property damage. Instead, these are events that can indirectly cause other hazards. For example, a major power outage does not necessarily pose a threat but can lead to conditions that directly threaten public safety.
Statements are simply a follow-up message with information regarding the previously broadcasted warning, watch, or emergency.