Okay, the first Tropical Depression of 2020 is upon us a few weeks early and literally the only place in the US it is going to hit is HERE. Eastern NC. Shit.
Probably the best source for emergency weather, even better than your local news station is the National Weather Service (NWS) or NOAA Weather Radio station in your local area. The frequencies they transmit on are:
To receive these broadcasts though you need a specialized radio that covers Very High Frequencies or VHF. Your FM radio only goes to about 108 MHz. A hardwire police scanner can probably be programmed, or a marine radio, or definitely an RTL-SDR software defined radio will work.
I have several radios I use for weather and one of my favorites is the CCrane 2E radio which is pretty expensive as far as radios go. I never really gave it much of a thought or a concern but the last major weather event in New Bern, NC was a fast moving storm replete with Tornados. And for good measure it hit near midnight.
Turns out the storm wasn’t as bad as predicted but there were a couple tornados and a couple of systems producing tornados. Every time there was movement or an event we’d get an NWS alert (loud tone) followed by voice. Most of the alerts WERE FROM ADJACENT COUNTIES NOWHERE NEAR US. Once most of the danger passed we were still getting CONSTANT alerts which were keeping us on edge and keeping us awake.