Posted by: Mark Polk | 2016

NOAA Weather Radio on the Road & at Home

Istorm rainingAfter reading one of my articles a person wrote asking why I promote the use of a weather radio during RV trips. His logic was, in today’s world you have smart phones with weather apps, TV and satellite dishes. Why would you need a weather radio too?

My response was, not only do I recommend traveling with a weather radio in the RV, but when we return home we keep it in the house. A good weather radio operates on 120-volt AC power and on batteries, keeping you up to date on weather conditions even if you lose power. A good weather radio has an audible warning to alert you in the event of bad weather. And you can receive weather service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24/7 from a weather station close to the vicinity you are in.

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Some would argue that a smart phone works off of a battery, has an up to date weather app and will alert you in the event of bad weather and let you see the Doplar radar map. I agree with that logic, but in some remote areas you travel in with your RV you don’t always get a strong signal for cell phone reception or the capability to send or receive data.

 

 

weather dataWe recently had a situation occur that reaffirms my thoughts on this subject. There was bad weather moving through the area where we live and the potential for tornadoes and flooding was high. We live in a remote area, away from cell phone towers and our phone reception is spotty at best. As the bad weather approached we lost our Direct TV satellite reception and the weather app on my phone did not work.

weather radio.I plugged the weather radio in and set the audible alert notification. In less than 20 minutes of turning the radio on the alert sounded and a weather service warning, from a local National Weather Radio office reported a tornado was spotted less than 15 miles from our house. Needless to say without the weather radio we would not have a clue a tornado was spotted or the location and path of the tornado.

RVs are not safe in severe storms like tornados and thunderstorms with high winds. At the campground a weather radio can alert you in time to seek safe shelter from an approaching storm. These are just a couple reasons why I recommend keeping a weather radio in the RV and in your house when you are not traveling.

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