What if a tornado happens at Night?

weather radioBlog question of the day comes from Cherry Valley Elementary School. Evan in his thank you letter asked a very good question. What do you do if a tornado comes at night when you are in bed and do not hear the sirens?
Tornadoes that occur overnight have a greater threat than those that occur during the day just because most of us are sleeping. When this happens, we are no longer aware of the watches or warnings that are issued or that could be issued.  If there is a tornado watch that is in effect before you go to bed, leave your TV or radio on. The Emergency Alert tone should wake you up if you happen to fall asleep.  But if by chance, you think you won’t hear that, you might want to invest in a weather radio. They are inexpensive and you can program them to alert you for your county only.

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This post was written by qni_it on May 28, 2010

5 Comments so far

  1. WeekendDirector May 28, 2010 11:41 AM

    True story… With the T-Storm warning we had back on Tuesday here in Madison… It wasn’t overnight, but like 7:30am. It was the robotic voice, NOT the alert tone, that woke me up.

    And one word of caution…not all TV and Radio stations pass along the EAS alerts. (Believe it or not, it’s not required to pass along weather warnings.) The NOAA WxRadio is the only sure-fire way of getting warnings overnight.

  2. Justin May 28, 2010 7:56 PM

    Dont forget you can sign up for weather alerts plus more through WREX.com! I have a weather radio but WREX is even more reliable because I receive warnings no matter where I am

  3. tony May 28, 2010 8:47 PM

    I agree justin. I have weathercall through wrex and I have the text alerts also. They come in very handy when I am not near a computer if a watch or warning is issued.

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