Thursday, March 1, 2012

Little Device, Big Payoff

Midland WR300 Public Alert  Weather Radio with SAME and AM/FM
A weather radio comes in handy for night storms. It is loud enough to wake you up in the middle of the night or early in the morning. You can program your location into the radio and get tornado alerts. People will have a chance to get their family to safety without being taken by surprise. The Midland WR300 Public Alert Weather Radio with SAME and AM/FM usually costs around $45, but are available for around $35 at the local Schnucks stores. The discount goes towards The Salvation Army, who were one of the first organizations on the scene in Branson, MO and Harrisburg, IL. The Salvation Army gives the money directly towards the tornado victims.

Weather Radio Features:
  • Allows you to disable the siren and voice alert modes and hear only those emergency broadcasts you have selected.
  • Monitors all seven NOAA emergency alert weather channels.
  • Adjustable siren volume and flashing LED alert.
  • Attractive and affordable weather radio perfect for use at either the home or office.
  • Built-in clock and alarm with snooze function.
  • LED displays 48 different watches or warnings.
  • Instruction manual included.
  • Receives NOAA warnings of severe weather and environmental dangers.
  • Receives public alert warnings for civil emergencies, terrorist attacks, problems at nuclear plants, industrial fires, chemical spills, biological hazards and Amber alerts.
  • SAME technology filters out non-local emergency alerts.
  • Monitors National Weather Radio broadcasts of local forecasts and regional conditions.
  • Telescoping antenna reception range is from 25 to 50 miles depending on conditions.
  • User-selectable 90-decibel siren, flashing visual alert or voice message.
  • Backlight allows easy viewing in low- light conditions.
  • Backlight can be set to light for 5 seconds or set to always on.
  • External jack accepts various accessories.
  • Audio output jack works for headphones or external audio amplifier.
  • Powered by AC adapter (included).
  • Portable use requires 4 AA alkaline batteries (not included).
  • Battery system works for approximately 30 hours if normal power fails.

Ways to help the current tornado victims:

American Red Cross

Anyone wishing to donate to relief efforts can call the American Red Cross at 618-529-1525, or donate online at, or text RedCross to 90999 for an immediate $10 donation.

For in-kind donations, please connect with their partner organization the United Way of Southern Illinois The Red Cross does not have the resources to accept and distribute in-kind donations.

Salvation Army
Immediate help can be given by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by going to to make a donation by credit card. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, PO Box 21787, St. Louis, MO 63109. Please designate the gift "Storm Relief." Cell phone users may also text the word ARCH to 80888 to make a $10 donation.

At this time, in-kind donations are not being accepted as financial donations are better to allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of survivors.

Harrisburg volunteer hotline
Harrisburg Police Chief Bob Smith has established a volunteer hotline. Anyone wishing to volunteer with relief efforts should call 618-252-3732. They will be added to a list and called as needed once they are able to assess how volunteers can best be of assistance.

Branson volunteers
Anyone interested in volunteering or providing recovery assistance in the Branson area should visit


insomnia said...

There was a tornado? I must be under a blog rock. Thanks for the info.
We have one of these things at work and it starts alarming and beeping for minor possible flooding from a rain shower. The beeping scares us all to death.

RetroFlirt said...

It does beep extra loud and alot, but thats the point. Better safe than sorry!

momto8 said...

thank you for this post....and your example of concern for others.
i never heard of a weather radio...I learn something new everyday!