As the weather siren’s scream outside, there is a panic in the air to reach the basement safely before the storm hits. The power is out and your cell phone is dead, but in the dead of night you can tell that the storm is getting closer and closer by the steady rumbling of the night skies. The last thing you heard from the newscaster is that a storm is barreling straight toward your town; you were advised to seek shelter, but now you have no idea what is going on or where the storm is. How can you avoid this problem? An American Red Cross emergency weather radio will provide the comfort of knowing that you can stay connected with the outside world.
With Georgia being in the midst of hurricane season and the possibility of winter weather bringing icy temperatures; the Health and Safety Department at the Atlanta Red Cross would like to remind you that having an emergency weather radio is strongly advised. Along with the Atlanta Red Cross, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security also advises to keep an emergency weather radio anywhere you become stranded.
With some meteorologists saying there will be an increase in tropical storms during October, an emergency weather radio is beneficial to have around the house. If the power goes out or there is flooding due to the heavy rains that hurricane’s bring, an emergency weather radio has the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) stations, so you can be informed about the condition of the water levels, rainfall, wind speed or storm advisories.
There are three different types of radios available for purchase from the Health and Safety department at the Atlanta Red Cross. The first is the Microlink FR160 which is the most basic of the radios, but still includes a light, NOAA stations, AM/FM stations, rechargeable cell-phone capability and two different power options: solar and hand-cranked. The FR160 is available for $30.
The second type is the Solarline FR360. The FR360 includes a light, NOAA stations, AM/FM stations with a digital tuner, rechargeable cell phone capability and four different power options: solar powered, battery operated, AC powered and hand-cranked. The FR360 is available for $50.
The final type of the American Red Cross emergency radios is the Solarline FR600. The FR600 includes an emergency siren, a light, S.A.M.E stations (location-based weather updates), NOAA stations, AM/FM stations with a digital tuner, rechargeable cell phone capability and four different charging capabilities including: solar powered, AC powered, battery operated, and hand-cranked. The FR600 is available for $80.
These emergency weather radios can be purchased from Atlanta Red Cross’s Health and Safety department at the Atlanta Red Cross education website, by selecting the “Online Store” option on the left-hand side of the screen; then selecting the emergency weather radio picture where the three emergency weather radios will be displayed.