Emergency officials say the key now is getting the alerts to as many people as possible.
Many people use weather radios you use to get quick information about approaching storms. Now, those same radios will provide alerts if the national terrorism threat level changes or if there’s an actual attack. The additional information should be a great help.
Weather radios are now able to issue alerts for other man-made disasters as well like nuclear power plant problems, chemical spills and even amber alerts for missing children
The problem is, you won’t get the warning if you don’t have a weather radio. Florida’s emergency management director estimates only 5-10 percent of Florida’s population has a weather radio.
Craig Fugate with the Office of Emergency Management has long pushed for families to include a weather radio in their home disaster kits. He hopes more families will be motivated now.
"If nobody receives the warning, how could they possibly know what to do? So again, this is an important step but it still takes the public’s action to make these warnings effective,” says Craig.
Whether it’s a terrorist attack or coming thunderstorm, the more advance notice you have, the sooner you can take steps to protect your family.
Weather radios usually cost between $35 and $70. You can buy them at electronics shops, department stores and big retailers. There are many brands, but look for the words "All-Hazard Radio" or "Weather Radio" on the package.