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Every home should have one

Every home should have one

Every home in our area should have a National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Public Alert Emergency Weather Radio.

This system has been in place for many years but public awareness is minimal. Many are aware of the NOAA weather radio broadcast but this same broadcast also provides an emergency alert system.

Using specific area message encoding, these radios can be left on standby 24 hours a day. In the event of local emergency for fire, natural or manmade disaster, our local Office of Emergency Services will coordinate with the National Weather Service to broadcast emergency information on your Public Alert Weather Radio.

The radio will remain on standby until an emergency message specific to our area (Nevada County) is received. The radio can be programmed to sound an alarm followed by the specific message on the emergency.

I would strongly encourage everyone to get one of these radios and our Office of Emergency Services and local fire departments to be aware of this system and how to utilize it quickly when critical minutes count. This system is in place now and could save lives in the event of a fire when emergency evacuation is required. My NOAA S.A.M.E. radio is always on.

Gary Frost

Nevada City

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