How to Obtain Severe Weather Alerts and Warnings
Have Multiple Ways to Receive Weather Alerts
Weather Radios – This is one of the fastest and most reliable methods to obtain urgent weather information 24/7.This should be a must have and always on for your home, business, church, school, college, university, office, nursing homes, places of assembly, vacation getaways, etc.
The National Weather Service (NWS) website has very detailed information and explanations on different types of weather radios, as well as explanations of the different features that can be applied to your radio. http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/info/nwrrcvr.html.
Cell Phones – Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are based on your current location and will alert you anytime you are inside an “Extreme Weather Warning” area such as a Tornado Warning, Flash Flood Warning or Extreme Wind warnings. WEA’s also broadcast AMBER Alerts, Local Emergencies that require evacuation or immediate action and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency. Most modern smart phones have this installed and “ON”. Download the PDF link below for more information. (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/files/WEA_flyer_final.pdf)
Outdoor Warning Sirens – FYI: You may not hear these siren if you are indoors!
The description tells it all. These sirens are strategically placed throughout our county to alert those that are outdoors at recreation sites such as baseball fields, soccer fields, football fields, playgrounds or a park. Outdoor Warning Sirens are designed to alert you of an imminent hazard in your area and encourage you to seek shelter indoors. There are four basic criteria to activate the sirens:
- The National Weather Service issues a Tornado Warning for Hamilton County,
- A trained and certified storm spotter reports a tornado to NWS
- A tornado is reported by a local public safety official “Police/Firefighter”
- A dangerous situation occurs which requires citizens to seek shelter immediately and obtain information from a news outlet, TV or radio station, on what the hazard is in your area.
Please note and understand that these sirens are exposed to the elements 24/7/365. Throughout the year we provide service and maintenance on all of our sirens but we cannot guarantee that they will function 100% of the time, due to high winds, auto accidents, power outages, lightning strikes, etc. Always have more than one way to receive weather alerts!
Local Media, TV and Radio – If there is power available and the television stations are transmitting, local TV stations will be broadcasting weather information impacting your area. To be prepared for power outages, a battery powered AM/FM radio is a must-have, along with a flashlight. Have your radio tuned to a clear local station before it is needed.