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Weather radio a must have during the severe storm season

Posted by wlpo on March 5, 2012

When a bad storm is moving in during a spring afternoon you can tell: a dooming anvil-shape cloud is moving in from the southwest and the winds pick up.

That same storm could arrive overnight.  You can be prepared for severe weather at any hour regardless of what you’re doing.

Connie Brooks is the Director of La Salle County’s Emergency Management Agency.  And she keeps a weather radio next to her bed. She says for about $30 you can buy one at a storm and set it for alerts you would like to receive.

Severe weather information will also be available on local radio stations and some TV channels.  You can also receive alerts on you smart phone.  Brooks says you can sign up for mobile alerts at the National Weather Service website.

Across the state Tuesday radio and TV stations will be sounding a tornado warning test at 10am.

An interview with Brooks is available at the AM 1220 WLPO news page.

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