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Illinois Severe Weather Awareness Week


March 4th is the start of Illinois Severe Weather Awareness Week; however, as we’ve seen in Southern Illinois as well as in other parts of the country, this weather has already arrived.

Here are some helpful tips to keep you safe from tornados during the storm season:
  • Always pay attention to watches and warnings.
  • Know where to get weather information (NOAA weather radio, WBBM Newsradio 780, cable TV, etc.).
There are two types of NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Audio available on the Internet:
There are also a variety of applications (Apps’) that you can download to your tablet or i-series devices, including these free applications: Accuweather (free); Weatherbug (free); and The Weather Channel (free). 
Do NOT rely on the Internet to receive watches or warnings. You should have a dedicated NOAA Weather Radio receiver to alert you 24 hours a day to hazards in your area, even when the power goes out on your computer, as it often does during weather events.
Know what to do if tornado sirens have been activated.
If you are inside of a structure, go to a pre-designated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar or the lowest building level.
If you are in a vehicle, get out and find a structure with a safe shelter area as described above. If you can’t find a structure, lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands.
Be aware of the potential for flooding.
These simple steps could save your life.
Outdoor Warning Systems
 1.  What should I do when I hear the sirens?
When the sirens are heard, go inside and tune to local media to get more information. 
2.  Why can’t I hear the sirens in my house?
Sirens are an outdoor warning system designed only to alert those who are outside that something dangerous is approaching. 
3.  How can I get alerts when I’m at work or in my house?
For alerts indoors, every home and business should have a NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards. NOAA Weather Radio is like a smoke detector for severe weather, and it can wake you up when a warning is issued for your area so you can take appropriate action.
4.  When are sirens tested?
Sirens are tested on the first Tuesday of each month. 
5.  Why don’t the outdoor warning sirens sound an all-clear signal?
People should be indoors and monitoring local media for updates on the storm. 
6.  Will the sirens warn me of every dangerous storm?
The safest approach is to be proactive and use all of the information available to protect yourself and your family from threatening weather. Nothing can replace common sense. If a storm is approaching, the lightning alone is a threat. Sirens are only one part of a warning system that includes preparation, NOAA Weather Radio, and local media.

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