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post #1 of 17
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This summer I bought one of those weather-alert radios..the kind where you can program in your county code, and it sounds an alert for bad weather watches and warnings.

It's a nice idea, and probably actually really good to have, but when the thing starts screaming at 2 am, like it just did a short while ago.....talk about stressing.

All the cats were in their carriers or taxi's with a "where are we going" look on their faces, Cabela was inside and on her leash, and we were watching the weather radar on the television like it was the lottery.

We got a little bit of rain, then they called the whole thing off

Now the cats all think that they deserve a snack, Cabela's is upset that she didn't get to go for a middle of the night drive, and my nerves are still buzzing. I guess it was good practice
post #2 of 17
i had one of those, i finally pulled the power on it, and stuck it under the bed.
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by Skippymjp View Post
Now the cats all think that they deserve a snack, Cabela's is upset that she didn't get to go for a middle of the night drive, and my nerves are still buzzing. I guess it was good practice
Great practice! You'll soon be pros.

(And of course they deserve a snack!)
post #4 of 17
I'm sorry, I know I shouldn't laugh, but the way you described it is hysterical Give the kitties their snack and go back to bed, LOL I'm glad that it was a false alarm!
post #5 of 17
They should program those things to only go off between 9am and 10pm
post #6 of 17
That does sound like a good device except the 2am alarms Yep sure hope them kitties got some snacks.
post #7 of 17
I have two weather radios-one is on the radio I walk with and last year for Christmas I got the radio that you can crank (except it fell off the truck while at a jobsite and broke the handle). I didn't want the other kind for the reason you described!!
post #8 of 17
Well atleast the weather did get better. Be sure and give them all their snack.
post #9 of 17
Those are very poplular in my area since the November 6, 2005 tornado. A local TV station got involved so you could get one at a minimal price. The early wake-ups may be a pain, but there is that one chance that the alert may save your family's life.

Good practice.
post #10 of 17
I've thought about getting one.....guess I will change my mind now.
post #11 of 17
Yeah we've had this experience too, if the storm doesn't kill you the radio will give you a heart attack!
post #12 of 17
oh my goodness, I can just picture the mayhem that might ensue if I had one of those Wait! Demeter come back here! Athena! get back in the carrier! Orion! get off of me! where is Jinx??!! Vino! Move! Nemo! Please come out from under the bed! you get the idea although getting one wouldn'rt be a bad idea since I live in a trailer park, which are bullseyes for tornadoes you know
post #13 of 17
Hmmm. Mine you can set to come on to the broadcast, and then you can adjust the volume of the broadcast, so even though the "screamer" (as we called it from the old one, that you couldn't program ) goes off at the beginning of the warning broadcast, it doesn't make us sit straight up in the bed anymore! We have 2 tornado seasons here- I want it to wake me up at 2 am !
post #14 of 17
I have one of those things too. It freaks me out every time it goes off. Definatly wakes you up though. Which part of its purpose.
post #15 of 17
Why would you want one of those radios? I can see it if you live in a place prone to tornadoes or tsunamis. Can they get earthquake information out the 2-3 minutes before an earthquake?

Cheers, from
SwampWitch
post #16 of 17
well, it stinks that it happened- but at least you will be prepared and fast should you need to crate them and get them to safety in an emergency
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by SwampWitch View Post
Why would you want one of those radios? I can see it if you live in a place prone to tornadoes or tsunamis. Can they get earthquake information out the 2-3 minutes before an earthquake?

Cheers, from
SwampWitch
No , but they can give you info on what happened, how bad it is, where to avoid because of damage, etc. Also if you live in an area that has floods or flash floods, it is nice to have- and can be programmed to tell you about pretty much any emergency that affects your area (toxic spills, etc.). . In our case, it's tornados (like Thursday night- tornado warning for towns 10 mins north of here). Ours you can also program "neighborhoods" into it (east, west, north or southern sections of our county).
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