As a public service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides an “all-hazards” radio network, broadcasting weather and emergency information for all types of hazards including natural (earthquakes, avalanches), environmental (chemical releases, oil spills), and public safety (AMBER alerts, 911). NOAA weather radios (NWR) activate to announce immediate information about life threatening events, giving extra time to prepare and evacuate if necessary. The broadcast is preceded by the Emergency Response Signal, a dedicated signal that serves as an indicator that an important message is about to follow.
If you have a patient with hearing loss who needs to hear emergency signals broadcast by their NOAA (Weather Alert) radio, the Serene Central Alert CA-360 (item# CA-360) is the perfect solution. The relatively new Serene CA-360 functions as a bedside alarm clock, providing audio, visual (built-in strobe), and vibrotactile (bed shaker) alerts in direct response to the doorbell, landline telephone, and NOAA (Weather Alert) Radio. The CA-360 is equipped with a NOAA plug on the back panel which will accommodate NWR radios equipped with a 3.5mm alert output jack (Midland Model WR-120, Radio Shack Model 12-382, First Alert Model WX-150, Sangean CL-100 to name a few).
Furthermore, the Serene CA-360 offers a handful of additional accessories (sold separately) that expands its functionality to also alert individuals of other need-to-hear sounds including the residential smoke detector. Specifically, the Audio Alarm accessory (item# CA-AX) detects the unique T3 audio signal residential smoke detectors are required to generate. It then wirelessly sends a signal to the CA-360, triggering the necessary auditory, visual and vibrotactile alerts at bedside. Not a bad product to let your patients know about and to have nearby! For more information on the CA-360 and other Serene products, contact customer service at Oaktree Products at 800.347.1960.