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Oneida Co. Emergency Management pushes for all homes to have NOAA weather radiosSubmitted: 04/26/2018
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
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lkimble@wjfw.com

Oneida Co. Emergency Management pushes for all homes to have NOAA weather radios
RHINELANDER - The people of Chetek in northwestern Wisconsin know just how quickly severe weather can change your life.  An EF-2 tornado ripped through homes, trees, and fields for 83 miles, killing one and injuring dozens in May 2017.

Oneida County Emergency Management knows weather radios can save lives in situations like that.  With severe weather season here, Emergency Management wants everyone to have a weather radio in their home.

The radios broadcast severe weather alerts, watches, and warnings. The radios can also broadcast AMBER Alerts and messages from the President.

Emergency Management Program Assistant Dawn Robinson says, even in 2018, you never want to only rely on your smartphone to get alerts.

"You want multiple resources that you're going to get your information from in the event of a power loss," Robinson said. "Make sure that you have multiple resources that you can use."

Robinson says the radios are simple to use, easy to take anywhere, and come with battery backups. You can buy attachments like a bed shaker or strobe light for people who are hard of hearing or have poor eyesight.

"Once you get it set up and programmed, it is a great tool to have," Robinson said. "Family members are always encouraged to help out each other with it, help out your neighbors."

Weather radios are available at the Oneida County Sheriff's Office for $35. You can stop by or call 715-361-5100.  You can learn more about the radios here.

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