Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Weather (Radio) Alert

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Weather (Radio) Alert

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Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN

After tornadoes ripped through Central Florida this month and killed 20 people, emergency officials are urging people to consider buying weather radios. Here's some key information about the radio:

How does it work?

The radio picks up emergency signals from the National Weather Service, then sounds an alert similar to the honking noise of an alert sent through a television. It also broadcasts the reason for the alert, such as a tornado, dangerous thunderstorm or a chemical leak. The signal is loud enough to rouse someone from sleep.

What does it cost?

The prices range from $30 to $1,000. Most average about $40, said Lorin Mock, director of Duval County Emergency Preparedness. The Weather Service recommends radios with Specific Area Message Encoding, a feature that lets you screen out alerts outside your interest area.

Where are they sold?

Mock said stores selling electronics items usually sell weather radios. …

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