The recent Tornado disaster in Naperville should remind us that no one is immune. Here’s how to be vigilant during severe weather season.
The outdoor sirens are intended to alert people who are outdoors. You should NOT rely on them to alert you when you are indoors.
Know the difference between Watches and Warnings.
- A WATCH means the conditions are right for severe weather in your area and you should be alert.
- A WARNING means that something dangerous is happening NOW and you should take immediate protective measures if you are in the warned ares.
While the now-common cell phone alerts are great, note that cell towers are easy marks for tornadoes. The most reliable alerting device is a NOAA Weather Radio. These will turn on automatically to alert you during a watch or warning. This is an example of an inexpensive full-featured model (disclaimer: I don’t own one of these and can’t “endorse” it as such, but it looks pretty good).