Tuesday, June 5, 2012

First Alert Weather Radio WX-150

First Alert Weather Radio WX-150

  • Automatically alerts you to a wide variety of severe weather and civil emergencies in your area
  • Monitors NOAA weather band day and night, receiving a total of 79 emergency civil and severe weather messages
  • Utilizes S.A.M.E. to help you avoid non-local alerts, and is programmable to receive warnings for emergencies specific to your area
  • Easy-to-read digital LCD screen shows you time and date, and scrolls through message information during emergencies
  • Wall mountable, with a battery back-up for power outages, and a manufacturer's 90-day warranty
This radio can be programmed not to sound alerts which are unimportant to me. For example, I don't want to hear flash flood warnings as I am not in an area prone to flooding. Basically, what I really want are tornado warnings when issued for three specific counties in Tennessee and one county in Kentucky. This radio can do that. (There are some alerts which cannot be blocked, but these are rare, for example a chemical hazard warning.)

The radio is fairly easy to program. It took me about 30 minutes to get everything the way I wanted it. It runs on AC power and has backup power provided by 4 AA batteries (not included). Overall, I rate this as a very effective, well-designed product, and I have just purchased some additional units for friends.

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