As a friend and I discussed the terrible killer tornado outbreaks we’ve seen so far this year in the Midwest, she told me how much tornadoes frightened her because “unlike a hurricane, you don’t have any warning with a tornado.”

Not true, I thought. I quickly told her about the National Weather Service’s NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio, which provides exactly that kind of warning. At Flash, we think all households should have a NOAA Weather Radio. It airs updated weather and water forecasts for outdoor activities and boating safety. It provides critical life-saving information for you and your family if severe weather threatens, including tornado warnings and hurricane updates. Weather radios also broadcast warnings and information for other hazards including: natural disasters, earthquakes, and wildfire; national emergencies, such as terrorist attacks; and technological accidents, such as chemical releases and nuclear power plant emergencies.

You can find weather radios at many retail outlets, including electronics, department, sporting goods and boat and marine accessory stores. You can also buy them from online retailers. For more information, including a list of weather radio manufacturers, visit the links below.

Credit: Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. (FLASH)

NOAA Weather Radio