Last Updated: July 28, 2016 How many tools do you have in your tornado warning toolbox? And once you're warned, how prepared are you to keep your family safe from the coming storm?
Sirens are a start
Hopefully, your community has a siren system in place, which is often the first tool in the tornado warning toolbox. However, all too often, people fail to hear the tornado warning sirens, and that can create problems."We get calls every week from people who let us know that they did not hear the sirens," said James Coker, director of the Jefferson County, Ala., EMA. "Sirens are designed for outdoor use. If you are inside a building or inside your car there is a good chance you will not hear a siren."
Weather radios, apps, etc. add additional layers of warnings
But since an outdoor warning siren can give you a false sense of security, more tools should be added to the tornado warning toolbox. A multi-layered approach is needed, according to John De Block, of the National Weather Service (NWS).Such an approach involves weather radios, phone apps and text and/or email notification messages. One example of the latter is Jefferson County's emergency alert system, which notifies residents about imminent threats to health and safety and could help save lives, Coker said. More than 3,300 people have signed up for it.Two apps you can download to your phone are from the National Weather Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Apps like these offer the advantage of waking you up if you're sleeping because they sound a tone on your phone.According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, about 1,200 tornadoes hit the United States every year, and every state is at risk. In fact, nearly 90 percent of U.S. counties have been under a tornado watch since 2003.So it's a good idea for families to plan a safe room where they can sit out a storm. That's where Survive-a-Storm comes in.
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