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Weather radios will carry more kinds of alerts

People across the nation now can learn quickly about emergencies ranging from tornadoes to terrorist attacks by owning a radio that broadcasts weather information, federal officials said Thursday. Weather radios have alerted listeners to natural emergencies such as floods and storms, but now the radios will also broadcast alerts about man-made emergencies such as chemical spills, breakdowns in the 911 calling system and missing children. The Department of Homeland Security will also use the radio network to notify the public of terrorist attacks and a change in the color-coded national threat level. The broader role for weather radios is the result of an agreement signed Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a branch of the federal government that oversees the National Weather Service and operates the emergency network that broadcasts messages to weather radios. Full Story

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