POSTED: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 10:13pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 11:39pm
Severe Weather Awareness Week: Friday, Importance of a Weather Radio
(KETK) Tyler, TX — KETK Severe Weather Awareness Week wraps up with sharing with you the importance of a NOAA Weather Radio.
A NOAA Weather Radio  is an All-Hazards radio that provides continuous weather information from the closet National Weather Service forecast office.
A weather radio can constantly stay on silent until necessary information is needed for you. These radios run off of electricity, but have battery backups when power is cut off to your area. These radios are the first line of defense for watches and warnings issued by the NWS. When you are sleeping and a weather alert comes out, the radio will be able to wake you up and give you the latest weather information.
These radios have advanced significantly over the past few years. Before, the older weather radios would alert you for any alerts in the viewing area. Now, you can set the alerts for any counties that you desire—your county or multiple counties. You can buy weather radios at your local electronic, grocery, or hardware store.
Weather radios are not just the only way to receive NWS alerts. Technology now allows alerts to come to your smartphone via applications. There are plenty out there, but I will talk about two specific apps. For iPhone and Android, there is iMap Weather Radio . The cost is $10, and the application uses your GPS system to keep you informed with the latest alerts from the National Weather Service. These notifications are nearly instant, so you will always be aware of the newest weather information. Another application is called Simple Weather Alert . It is only available for Android users. There is a free version, which allows you to select one county. The pro version costs $2, and you can select multiple counties. This application lets you select the type of alerts you want to be notified for. Both apps use data, so standard data rates will apply. While these are great sources, the NOAA Weather Radio is the best way to receive information.
This concludes KETK's Severe Weather Awareness Week. We have given you the facts and safety tips for severe weather: Tornadoes , Lightning & Hail , Flooding , and the difference between a weather watch and warning . Our KETK Weather Team wants you to be prepared at any time when the weather turns for the worse. Thank you for trusting KETK as your source for news and weather coverage for East Texas.