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Your Radio Provides Alerts 24/7

   
       
  Just as an alarm clock, the radio can be programmed to sound alerts to your preferences. You can learn what is happening nationally, or receive information specific to certain events or geographic areas. For example, if your area is prone to tornadoes or flash floods, you can program the radio to Tornado Warnings and Flash Flood Warnings in your county or city and neighboring areas. If you live near a nuclear power plant, you can program the radio to receive Nuclear Power Plant Warnings, Shelter-In-Place, and Immediate Evacuation emergency messages. If a train derails, the radio will let you know about any biochemical hazards and provide guidance on how to handle them.

A light on the radio indicates the urgency of the event warning light means that an event is occurring and immediate, possibly life-saving action is required.   A watch light underscores the need to remain vigilant because of the possibility that the event will turn into a warning situation. Connecting the radio to other attention-getting devices, such as strobe lights, sirens, bed-shakers and peripheral alerting mechanisms, ensures that people with particular challenges can also benefit from the safeguards.

   
       
       
 
     
 
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