I just got through setting up a column about severe weather from U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon which we'll probably use on Sunday's opinion page. Among other things, Gordon urges the use of NOAA weather radios.
Well, Congressman, that's excellent advice -- if you can pick up the NOAA signal from where you live. Some of us in Bedford County can't, and for us, buying a weather radio (which I've done in the past) turns out ot be a waste of money. What would be even worse would be someone living right in the fringes of the signal area, who sets up the radio and seems to be getting a signal, but then maybe it doesn't work under different atmospheric conditions, leading to a false sense of security.
I did a web site poll a long while back on whether people could receive the NOAA signal from their location. More than half of those who owned a weather radio could receive the signal, but the percentage that could not was still pretty sizable.
Surely the federal government could do more to make sure that everyone living in a populated area -- and even in sparsely-populated areas -- can receive this potentially life-saving service.