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Our radio has never sounded an alert. It is programmed for Wabash County, Indiana, code 018169, and is plugged into an outlet. It has no batteries in it. Does it require batteries to work? The Weather/Snooze button works OK. We've had severe storms in our area, but the radio has never sounded an alert. Please help. Thank you!

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The answer to your first question is no, but the company that made this product and even I suggest that you put 3 AA batteries in the radio for back-up just in case you have a power outage. Maybe you had a power outage and that's why it didn't sound an alert. The possible answer to your second question is that it the storm itself may have not been severe enough for the NWS to issue a severe storm. You should check these websites for more information- http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lsx/?n=nwrfaq & http://www.weather.gov/nwr/nwrwarn.htm. FAQ #10 on the first website listed should give a clarification to you problem. They have certain criterias for issuing a warning and sounding an alert. The second website should give you a clarification on when the NWS sounds an alarm.

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