Published: Jul 08, 2011 5:50 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 27, 2012 11:37 PM EDT

HURRICANE CENTRAL - It's important to have a battery-powered radio in case electricity goes out during a storm.

The NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio broadcasts weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. It sends out weather advisories, watches and warnings 24 hours a day and can be run on batteries. An alarm on the radio notifies you within seconds,  no matter what time of day, when severe weather threatens. You can buy a weather radio at most major retail stores.