Weather Alert Radios at Meijers Today and This Week – Bill on the radioMay 21st, 2014 at 3:55 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Today, Kyle and I were at the Meijer at Kalamazoo Ave. and M-6. from 5 – 6:30 PM. We were selling (at a discount) and programming NOAA weather alert radios. Meijer is running the promotion all month. You get $5 off the regular price. Look in the electronics dept. of your local Meijer store for this special offer. They are like smoke alarms and warn you when severe weather is coming. You can program them to just the county you live in or for several counties (for instance, it you live at the west edge of Kent Co., you’ll probably want to set the alarm to go off for both Kent and Ottawa Counties. You can also pick the type of warning. Everyone will want the alarm to go off for a tornado warning for your area, but you probably won’t want the alarm to go off in the middle of the night for a Fog Advisory. We had a steady line of people from 4:45 to 7 pm at Meijers. They said they sold more in an hour with us there than they had sold in the last 1-2 weeks. We had a number of people bring in their weather radios. We helped them too, making sure the batteries were good and that they were programmed for the right counties. We even had a couple who had moved here from Florida and came to make sure their radio was programmed for Kent Co. I’d like to thank Jim Maczko from the National Weather Service for coming to help program the radios. I met a couple who had been married for 70 years and another gentleman who had served in 3 separate branches of the U.S. Military.
Saturday, Kyle, Matt and I will be on WOOD radio at Noon. That’s 1300 AM and 106.9 FM and on Saturday May 24, Storm Team 8 is partnering with WOOD Radio 1300AM and 106.9 FM to answer your severe weather questions live. Storm Team 8 Chief Meteorologist Bill Steffen (me)and 24 Hour News 8 Daybreak meteorologists Kyle Underwood and Matt Kirkwood will be at the WOOD Radio studios for our special severe weather radio show from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. We invite you to join us to get your questions answered live on the radio. You can occasionally hear me on WOOD with Steve and the gang in the morning and sometimes with Justin Barclay (he has the 9 am – 10 am hour).