SOUTH BEND, Ind.--- When severe weather threatens our first instinct is to turn on the TV or radio.
But when the power goes out it may be difficult to get the latest weather information.
That is where a small investment now could protect your family in the future.
Spring is usually known for warmer temperatures but as we look to the end of April into May, we should also be aware of the threat of severe weather.
Severe weather comes in all types, from severe thunderstorms and tornadoes to flash flooding. All these types of weather can come with a moment's notice. That's why an NOAA weather radio can be a life saver.
“They're going to alert you to severe weather so that you're able to take the next steps that are needed,” said Kalee Suddarth, Deputy Director at the St. Joseph County EMA.
After they are programmed NOAA weather radios will remain in standby mode, and when severe weather is anticipated these small radios can alert you with either the voice of the National Weather Service or a loud tone.
Once watches, warnings or advisories are issued these alerts can wake you up in the event severe weather threatens at night.
And if your electricity goes out, you can still count on your weather radio to keep you safe.
“They're important mostly because in the event of severe weather, the power's not going to work, so we don't have the TV stations or the radios to rely on to get our information from,” said Suddarth. “So our weather radios that have a battery backup system are going to work regardless. So they're going to alert people of impending weather that could be hitting our county.”
Suddarth also mentioned that these weather radios can be taken anywhere, and be programmed to work anywhere.
Emergency management offices and other emergency personnel also rely on this small desktop device, and they recommend that you invest in one, too.
Better preparedness means better awareness.