Storm season is upon us; be prepared with a weather radio

Severe storms can happen at any time during the year, but are most common during the months of March through July. According to the National Weather Service, Missouri ranks 10th in the United States among states where tornadoes are common. Missouri will average around 45 tornadoes annually.

When storms are approaching, an emergency weather radio may help save a life. A weather radio provides you with continuous local and regional weather information from the National Weather Service in Springfield, Missouri. Weather radios are programmable, so you can customize your radio to fit your needs. You may choose to program your radio to sound weather alerts for a single county or for multiple counties. For example: If you live in Oregon County, program your receiver to sound an alert tone when there is a weather alert for Oregon County. If you live on or close to a county line you may choose to program your radio to alert you when there is a watch or warning in either county.

Emergency weather radios may be purchased at Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative (HOEC) during regular business hours, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Programming instructions are available with your radio, or if needed, a representative with HOEC will program it for you at the time of your purchase. For more information about emergency weather radios, visit the weather radio page on this website or call the cooperative office at (417) 256-2131, or toll free at 1(888) HOE-POWER.

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