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While we didn’t have any severe weather today, now is the time to start preparing as our area is not immune to seeing severe weather and tornaoes during the late winter (insert flashbacks to January 7, 2008 tornado in Boone County), and I know most if not all of you remember the Fairdale, IL – April 9, 2015 tornado. While the latter was a technically a spring time tornado, NOW is the time to start preparing.
Following any severe weather threat, but especially ones with tornadoes, one of the most common things I hear from people are “They never heard the siren” or “I didn’t know there was a warning,” which amazes me with the amount of resources and technology we have today. I want to change that by bringing awareness to the resources that are available to us and the importance of having multiple ways of receiving severe weather alerts. The first resource I want to talk about is Weather Radios.
One of the most important things you can have when it comes to severe weather preparedness is a weather radio. A weather radio is essentially the fire alarm for severe weather. Whether it is a school, home, business, or student away at school dorm room/apartment everyone should have a weather radio, because even if the power goes out (assuming you have batteries in it) you should still be able to receive valuable weather information and alerts.
There are a number of weather radios out there, so what I suggest and use peronsally, is the Midland Weather Alert Radio WR120. Last I checked, they cost about $20-30 and you can pick them up at your local Walgreens store, RadioShack, Walmart, Home Depot, Best Buy, and also online!
Below is a video on how to set up this weather radio that I mentioned above:
I will add this one disclaimer though; If you want to set it so you get alerts to just YOUR county you will go to Location > Single > (Enter in your County S.A.M.E. Code). The video briefly talks about how to do that as well.
Here is a link to the S.A.M.E. Codes for just Illinois: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/coverage/ccov.php?State=IL
Here is a link to the S.A.M.E. Codes for EVERY state:
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