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Emergency Radio Awarness Day Notes Summer's Severe Weather

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Warmer weather often means an increased chance of severe weather and emergency management officials say there's a relatively inexpensive way to improve your safety.

May 6 is NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Awareness Day.

Locally, Oneida County Emergency Management spokesperson Dawn Robinson says the battery-operated radios give you an advantage should severe weather be near...

"It should be part of your home plan, and a business plan as well. Everyone should have a NOAA Weather Radio so that way they may be aware of weather that is approaching..."

A NOAA Weather Radio is an automated 24-hour source of weather forecasts, watches, and warnings provided by the National Weather Service and its parent agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The alarm feature on these radios can wake you if severe weather is approaching while you are asleep.

Robinson says there a ways to wake deep-sleepers... "

They do have accessories you can purchase such as a flashing light, a bed shaker or a siren..."

Robinson says consider packing the portable weather radio with your camping or boating gear when you spend time outdoors. Weather radios can be purchased at most electronic stores or online.

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