The weather radio set and ready to receive alerts:
advisories, watches, and warnings.
My sister has a weather radio, and has called me when there have been some serious and dangerous weather headed towards the farm.
Most recently, she called as a tornado was spotted about ten miles from here. None of the outdoor sirens worked that day in the county/town, so unless you had a weather radio you would not have known that the tornado was headed for the town. (It was a beautiful, sunny day - not at all typical of tornado weather).
The weather radio is a plug-in model with a battery back-up. In addition to being able to listen to the current conditions for one's area, the weather radio can be programmed with up to nine different counties.
I programmed seven of the counties to the northwest, west, and southwest since this is the direction from which the storms would come.
To listen to weather conditions at any time,
the "weather" button is pressed once.
So far, the weather radio has alerted us about severe thunderstorms, flash flooding, and windstorms in excess of 80 mph (enough to topple a tree). No tornado yet...but I'm quite content not seeing and hearing that alert on the weather radio!