NOAA Weather Radio can be wired to bed shakers and strobe lights for benefit of the sight- or hearing-impaired

NOAH Weather Radio will shake the bed of the disabled warning of danger.
NOAH Weather Radio will shake the bed of the disabled warning of danger.

NOAA Weather Radio is a way, perhaps at present the only way, for the government to communicate warnings against surprise disaster directly to people, with no corporate go-between (not even a TV station’s editorial control), freeing end-users from any subscription dependency (e.g., cable or Internet or landline or cellphone) or any reliance on any private corporation whatsoever for life-saving government bulletins.

NOAA Weather is direct communication, from Weather Service to the people, the only way the government can literally wake you from a sound sleep (short of a bullhorn in the street or a knock on your door) to announce approaching danger.

To me, this is a prime purpose and function of government, and the government-owned NOAA Weather Radio network enables this mission distinctly. It is a system, too, of some interest to various communities of the disabled because the alarm feature can be wired to bed shakers and strobe lights for benefit of the sight- or hearing-impaired.

Weather Radio’s distinction is its autonomy from the corporatocracy: it is a direct, government-owned and controlled service to the people, rendered free of charge (after the one-time $30 expense of a radio receiver unit), with no connection to any subscription or obligation to any corporation.

This is a political matter. There are those who would like to see all things weather privatized, and our tornado warnings contingent on a monthly tribute paid to some private entity.

–William. Clifton Nelson

Copyright © 2006 by William Clifton Nelson
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What follows is the full text of Cliff’http://cliffedits.com/thesis/thesis.htmls  Master’s Thesis for the School of Journalism, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

“American Warning Dissemination and NOAA Weather Radio”

http://cliffedits.com/thesis/thesis.html

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