Friday, June 15, 2012

Weather Alert Radios - Why Every Home, Business or Farm Should Own One

One of the most important factors in survival of a weather related disaster is early awareness of severe weather conditions, their current location, and expected path of travel. Although weather alert radios have been available for quite some time, the technologies and tower locations have been much improved in recent years. Most of population of the United States can receive these transmissions using a weather alert radio.

A weather alert radio is a receiving device that monitors radio transmissions from The National Weather Service. When a weather alert is broadcast for a particular area or region, the weather alert radio will automatically announce the alert so that listeners are aware of and can prepare for the event.

In the event of tornadoes and flash floods, a few minutes of early warning from a weather alert radio can minimize both serious injuries and loss of lives. Even hurricanes that are tracked for days or weeks can contain tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, damaging hail, and rapid flooding.
In fact, most loss of life during hurricanes historically has been from flooding, not the wind event.

Weather alert radios are available in many styles, shapes and sizes to accommodate the different needs associated with severe weather. There are desktop models, hand held models that are built into 2 way radios, and even portable, crank powered models. Most are modestly priced, and anyone should be able to find one that they can afford. Some models will receive additional alerts such as Amber Alerts, chemical spills, emergency action notifications, 911/local system outages and even terrorist attacks. Many newer models have SAME (Specific Area Messaging Encoding) system specifications and can be programmed to announce only in specific areas related to their location.

Every home and business should have a predetermined plan for natural disasters, and should review and practice their plan often. Employing a weather alert radio is an integral part of the plan that will allow the additional time needed in order to enact the plan for an otherwise unannounced major weather event.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Emergency Weather Alert Radio

Emergency Weather Alert Radio

Kaito Voyager Pro KA600 Digital Solar/Dynamo

  • AM/FM/LW Shortwave & NOAA weather radio with back-lit digital display, NOAA all hazards alert & RDS
  • 4 tuning methods including manual, direct digit entry, ATS & memory tuning with 335 memories for easy access to favorite stations
  • Calendar, alarm clock with dual settings, sleep timer, thermometer & humidity meter
  • 180-degree adjustable solar panel with 5-LED reading lamp
  • Auxiliary input jack available for external audio devices
I am quite impressed with the quality and performance of this radio for the price. There is a whole lot of radio here for the money. Many other radios in this price class are much less suitable. I researched this radio and similar radios very carefully before purchasing and I am delighted with the features, construction and performance of this radio having been able to use it for many months. Should something catastrophic happen to the radio (lost, damaged, etc.), I would replace it immediately.

The engineering Kaito used to design this radio is first class; this radio meets all my expectations for an emergency and off-grid radio. I rate this radio an easy 5 stars for the purpose intended, there are way too many great things about this radio to give it anything less. Hopefully, you found this review helpful.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Weather Alert Clock Radio

Weather Alert Clock Radio

Midland WR11 AM/FM Clock Radio with NOAA All Hazard Weather Alert

  • Receives NOAA Weather Broadcasts
  • AM/FM Clock Radio with Snooze
  • Auto Override switches from Radio to Alerts
  • Over 60 Emergency Alerts
  • Battery Back up during Power Outage
Radio is just what I wanted. It was smaller than I had expected but that has proven to be a benefit as I don't have much room on my nightstand. This unit replaces a older clock weather radio which was having trouble with drift or staying on the station. This unit has all the weather bands preprogrammed so there is no drift.

The sound it good and there are different alert modes for weather bulletins. Believe me the "siren" mode can wake even the heaviest sleeper! Fortunately, there are other, quieter modes (voice, LED light) to alert you when severe weather threatens your area.

Monday, June 11, 2012

NOAA Weather Alert Radio

Kaito Voyager KA500 Solar/Crank Emergency AM/FM/SW NOAA Weather Alert Radio

  • When the Unexpected happens You Better be ready - 11 Bands + NOAA Westher Alerts + Shortwave
  • 11 Bands - AM/FM, Shortwave SW1 & SW2 plus 7 weather bands
  • Durable Construction: Manufactured to be water resistant & has a rubberized body
  • 4 Way Power: Solar, hand crank, 3 "AA" (not incld), AC Adapter (not included) USB port for charging
  • 5 LED Reading lamp for Camping & Emergency, Includes power Tips for most Cell Phones
The good:
  • The radio itself does the job
  • Accessory shortwave antenna available for additional purchase.
  • Obviously, the multiple charging methods - solar/crank/AC/DC
  • Lightweight enough
  • It comes in CAMO!
The bad:
  • Product is bigger than expected
  • Cheap plastic crap feel
  • Was not holding much of a charge after sitting in full sun for 6hrs then hand cranked for 30 minutes - ended up having to buy the 6V charger separate.
  • You have to buy the 6V charger separate
  • Sound quality is pretty bad, as expected though.
Bottom-line: This Noaa Weather Alert Radio Worth the money so far.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Weather Alert Radio SAME

Sangean CL-100 Table Top Public Alert Certified S.A.M.E. Weather Hazard Alert Radio

  • DeLuxe Table Top, AM/M Clock Radio
  • All Hazards SAME Weather Radio
  • Receives all NOAA Weather Channels & Reports
  • Certified Public Alert Radio
  • LCD Dimmer & Contrast Control
Midland seems to be the standard to which all other weather radios are compared. Sangean's latest entry into the market really proves who is on top.

Midland radios are ubiquitous. Every store that sells weather radios displays them prominently. Unfortunately their build quality and feature set have taken steps backward in recent years. The last one I bought had a faulty antenna. Almost all the "top" receivers use the same, blocky, 16-character alphanumeric display they used 10 years ago.

Sangean's CL-100 greatly improves on readability with a nice pixel LCD display. The best features are EOM (End of Message) muting, the ability to switch off the alert siren for unwanted alerts (like thunderstorm watch). It also comes with a nice external antenna. The radio can set its own clock via a local FM station's RDS signal. The controls and user interface are leaps and bounds above any competitor's offerings. It could work perfectly as a combination weather and clock radio for the bedside, even offering stereo output for nicer speakers, although the internal mono speaker isn't a slouch.

The only cons I can think of have to do with the display itself. Although it's great, its lowest backlight setting is still too bright for my bedside. Also, there is no way to adjust the display's angle, making it hard to read unless the radio is at a level well below the bed, whatever the contrast setting. If not used as a clock radio in the bedroom, it's perfect.