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‘Tis the Season to Complete Severe Weather Preparedness Plans

NOAA illustration of NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards.March 8, 2007 Daylight-saving time begins three weeks earlier this year, on Sunday morning, March 11. While moving the clock ahead one hour, be sure to place fresh batteries into smoke detectors and NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receivers. Those who do not currently have a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receiver are strongly encouraged to purchase this potentially life-saving device as the United States enters the spring severe weather season. (Click NOAA illustration for larger view of NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards. Click here for high resolution version. Please credit “NOAA.”)

Owning a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receiver and having a preparedness plan developed in advance are among the central themes raised by the NOAA National Weather Service during Severe Weather Awareness Week—an annual safety campaign during which NOAA distributes safety tips and information on various weather threats across individual states. Next week, March 12-16, Severe Weather Awareness Week will be recognized throughout Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, with other states to follow later in the month and through April and May.

“Moving from winter to spring often brings the threat of severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding,” said Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), director of the NOAA National Weather Service. “NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards is essential to staying abreast of approaching, ongoing and rapidly developing weather conditions that may be hazardous to your safety. And having a personal preparedness plan ahead of time allows for quick action when seconds count.”

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, a component of the nation's Emergency Alert System, is a nationwide network of more than 970 radio stations directly linked with the NOAA National Weather Service, which issues weather warnings and relays civil emergency messages on behalf of law enforcement agencies. NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards is provided as a public service by NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Broadcasts include tornado warnings, severe thunderstorm warnings, flood warnings, AMBER Alerts for child abductions, chemical spill messages and routine weather observations and forecasts.

When selecting a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receiver, consumers should consider:

  • Public Alert-certified radios, which meet stringent performance standards specified by the Consumer Electronics Association, and
  • Radios incorporating Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) technology, which allows the unit to be programmed for one or more specific counties.

Many radios also can be programmed to alert only for specific warning types. Flashing alert lights, bed shakers and other accessories are available to ensure the hearing impaired have access to this life-saving information.

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards are available at many electronic retail stores, marine supply stores, mail order catalogs and the Internet. Prices vary by model and available options, but typically range between $20 and $80.

NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is celebrating 200 years of science and service to the nation. From the establishment of the Survey of the Coast in 1807 by Thomas Jefferson to the formation of the Weather Bureau and the Commission of Fish and Fisheries in the 1870s, much of America's scientific heritage is rooted in NOAA. NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of the nation's coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 60 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.

Relevant Web Sites
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards

NOAAWatch: Storms and Hazards Portal

NOAA Weather Portal

Media Contact:
Chris Vaccaro, NOAA, (202) 482-0702 or Dennis Feltgen, NOAA National Weather Service, (301) 713-0622