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Tornado in Eustis reconfirms the need for residents to utilize NOAA weather radios

RELEASE DATE: September 21, 2007

EUSTIS — Officials from the Lake County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division, are reiterating the need for residents to use NOAA weather radios after the fourth tornado in Lake County in less than a year occurred last night.

"Thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, bomb scares, chemical spills and brush fires. These are just a few of the potential hazards residents can face in Lake County," said Jerry Smith, Director of the Emergency Management Division. "Having a battery operated, tone-alert NOAA Weather Radio in your home is like having your own personal tornado siren - only it will alert you of all these impending dangers. In every Lake County home, a NOAA Weather Radio should be as common as a smoke detector."

A weather radio broadcasts National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other non-weather related hazard information 24 hours a day. When a threat is determined, National Weather Service forecasters interrupt routine weather programming and transmit a special tone that automatically activates weather radios. This instant emergency notification can give you and your family valuable seconds to seek shelter.

Some of the recommended features for a weather radio include:
  • Tone alarm – Activates weather radio to sound, even if the audio is turned off.
  • Selectable alerting of events – Allows an operator to turn off the alarm for certain events, which might not be pertinent. For example, if an individual lives in a coastal county, but not right at the beach, he or she might not wish to know about Coastal Flood Warnings.
  • Battery backup – Since power outages often occur during storms, having a receiver with battery backup can be crucial.
  • SAME technology – Specific Alert Message Encoding allows operator to specify the particular area for which to receive alerts.
For more information about weather radios, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov or www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/.

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