This compact radio has very clear reception of the weather band, so you should have no trouble picking up your local signal from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). It can also tune in some of your favorite FM and AM radio stations. If that was all it did, I’d say it was handy to have. But this device also provides a Cree LED flashlight with high and low beams, and an SOS flash setting. You won't have to worry about running out of batteries; the ER200 can be charged by the attached solar panel, from any USB port, or by cranking an integrated handle. The included cable even allows you to charge Smartphones and tablets off of the radio’s rechargeable (and replaceable) battery.