NOAA Weather Radio; a life saving tool

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - When the weather is beautiful the last thing we think about is severe weather. But it can happen anytime of the year. However, a radio could save your life when the weather takes a turn for the worst.

We're talking about NOAA weather radios; a piece of technology that everyone should have in their home. They are often compared to a smoke detector because they are a life saving tool.

Chief Meteorologist Ryan Vaughan said, "Weather radios really become important when you're doing something else. Sleeping, let's say."

And night is the worst time for severe storms to roar through.

"I can't turn on your television at 3 o'clock in the morning. But when a tornado warning is issued, that weather radio goes off and if you've heard one before they wake you up," said Vaughan.

Weather radios are not just for your home, they are portable as well.

Terrence Ward with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department said the radios are very important for police officers and emergency personnel.

Ward said, "It gives them an insight on what the weather is going to be like. To know am I going to be able to take these gravel roads with this heavy rain. Am I going to be able to take these city streets with the ice that's coming down from the ice storm."

Don't worry if the power goes out because the radios are battery-powered.

Many of us don't expect severe weather this time of year. But fall is our second severe weather season and this year may be a little more active, even through winter.

Vaughan said, "During a La Nina pattern we see severe weather a little earlier. We've had tornadoes in January and February during this pattern. So back in 99' we had some tornadoes also February 5th, the Super Tuesday tornado outbreak."

The Region 8 StormTEAM will be programming weather radios on Thursday from 10am-2pm at the Barton's in Pocahontas.

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