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Emergency Management

Preparing to protect your citizens

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Why weather radios for my county?

Simply put, NOAA Weather Radios save lives. We believe that it is important for everyone to have multiple, redundant ways of receiving alerts and that includes a NOAA Weather Radio. Cellphone towers can become overwhelmed or destroyed during severe weather so sometimes alerts coming over your phone can be significantly delayed, or not arrive at all. Weather radios are less expensive and more effective than an outdoor siren. They are an "indoor siren."

Interested or have questions? Please fill out the form below, and Bruce Jones, Midland's Meteorologist, will be in touch with your shortly.

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Helpful Q&A


Q:Can you order in bulk?

A: Yes. Many Emergency Manager order in bulk. We've fulfilled orders of five radios up to 150,000 radios.

Q:Can you pre-program the radios?

A: Yes. For an additional charge, the radios can be pre-programmed and stickered with your county logo.

Q: How long does it take to get my radios and how will they be shipped?

A: We can ship your radios within 4--6 business days of the receipt of your order. We typically ship via FedEx Ground or similar.

Q:Is there a discount for bulk orders through emergency managers?

A:Our emergency manager pricing is the lowest available. TFEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds can be used to pay for up to 75% of the cost of weather radios.

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I think too many people believe that the more advanced the technology is, the better it is. There are too many folks who do not understand that a single point of failure in an alerting system can be catastrophic. The weather radio is a low cost, highly targeted, direct source alerting system that conveys information that provides situational awareness about just-in-time risk and appropriate life safety actions. Everyone working in this space should be able to speak to their power of this tool.

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Carol Cwiak

J.D., Ph.D. Department of Emergency Management & Disaster Studies,

North Dakota State University