Spring is just around the corner here in the Tennessee Valley. And, with the arrival of spring comes one of our two annual severe weather seasons. Severe weather notifications can now be given anywhere, thanks to combinations of old and new technologies.
Sirens still alert people who are outdoors
Severe weather sirens, which have been around for many years, are still a great way to alert people about tornado warnings. However, they will only work for those who are outside at the time of the warning. Also, some communities may not have weather sirens in their community.
Free apps available from local media
Local television stations, in most areas, have released news and weather apps that have radar, warnings, and forecast infomation. Some of these apps will even stream live weather coverage from that local television station. Locally, WHNT TV 19 and WAFF TV 48 have apps available for both Apple iOS and Android devices. Nationally, there is also an app available from The Weather Channel.
Weather radio on iOS and Android devices
NOAA Weather Radio is now as easy to listen to as it is to make a phone call. A search of the app store for either iOS or Android devices reveals several applications that will allow one to listen to NOAA Weather Radio on their device. Most of these apps will also provide alerts when watches or warnings are issued.
Severe weather can cause damage, injuries, and even deaths. It is vitally important to stay alert during times when severe weather is possible, even while on the go.
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