Awhile back there were several folks posting on their blogs about weather radios. Mike and I had talked about getting a weather radio but just put it on the backburner. We told ourselves we probably would never need it…after all we have our computer and TV to tell us what the weather is like.
That all worked fine until we started reading about the tragedy in Arkansas where several campers lost their lives due to flash flooding. They had no warning and many couldn’t get out in time. Then there are the tornadoes.
I started reading about fellow RVers that had recently experienced tornado warnings in the campgrounds where they were staying and it started to get a little more personal. One couple in particular that comes to mind is Odel and Laurie (http://laurieandodel.blogspot.com) in which they talk about their experiences with severe weather. They have really covered what to do in an emergency better than anyone I have ever read. Check out their post on June 25,2010 it says it all so much better than I could.
After reading about all these horrible tragedies and then those that had to evacuate their RVs for severe weather we decided we needed to go ahead and act on the purchase of the weather radio. We did some research and finally settled on the Midland 300. The Midland 300 WR is an all hazards NOAA Weather Radio. The radio has an automatic alert system that is automatically activated with a loud tone in emergencies. You can set it for up to 60 different types of emergencies and it also has the S.A.M.E. technology. That means that you can set the emergency alerts for the county you are in and the surrounding counties if so desired. That helps to block out warnings that are not pertinent to your location. The radio also has 7 channels to choose from for the weather forecast for the area that you are in. You can listen to it at anytime. This radio is electric and also operates on 4 AA batteries. It is not the crank type radio, but if you keep good batteries, you don’t need the crank type weather radio.
Friday night our new weather radio alarm went off alerting us to severe thunderstorm warnings. When the weather radio started broadcasting, it warned us of strong gusty winds too, up to 60mph. Sure enough, it wasn’t but a very few minutes and that system was right on us. I realized I probably should set the system to incorporate each county that surrounds our location. That would have given us a little longer of a warning......trial and error on the best system to follow with the weather alarm system we purchased.
I am glad we bought it and now feel more informed on the possible emergencies around us.
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