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There aren't many things that can save your life for as little as $20-30, but a weather radio can do just that.

A weather radio picks up broadcasts by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and will run with power from a regular 120 volt household AC outlet.

It also features a battery backup in case of power failure.

This can be especially important at night because it can wake you for a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning while a siren may not.

In many cases, sirens don't sound for severe thunderstorm warnings, even if their winds can do just as much damage as a weak tornado.

If your weather radio supports the use of "SAME codes"--Specific Alert Message Encoding--you can set your radio to alert you only for a specific county or set of counties.

All you have to do is set your radio to the proper frequency, and make sure it's on during rough weather. Then you'll be alerted as soon as a watch or warning is issued for your area.

Once you receive the alert, be sure to turn to the Eyewitness Weather Team for the latest updates.

The above graphic shows which frequencies are best for your area. Below is a list of the SAME codes for our Central Georgia counties:

  • Baldwin - 013009
  • Bibb - 013021
  • Bleckley - 013023
  • Crawford - 013079
  • Crisp - 013081
  • Dodge - 013091
  • Dooly - 013093
  • Hancock - 013141
  • Houston - 013153
  • Jasper - 013159
  • Johnson - 013167
  • Jones - 013169
  • Lamar - 013171
  • Laurens - 013175
  • Macon - 013193
  • Monroe - 013207
  • Montgomery - 013209
  • Peach - 013225
  • Pulaski - 013235
  • Putnam - 013237
  • Taylor - 013269
  • Telfair - 013271
  • Treutlen - 013283
  • Twiggs - 013289
  • Upson - 013293
  • Washington - 013303
  • Wheeler - 013309
  • Wilcox - 013315
  • Wilkinson - 013319
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