Tornado Warning Device

By: Erich Spivey
By: Erich Spivey

November 6, 2005
The tornados have put a spotlight on overnight storms while many people are asleep. News 12 is on your side with more on a device that, if implemented, could help save your life.

Crews are still sifting through the damage in Indiana and Kentucky after a deadly tornado leveled neighborhoods. It passed through at 2 a.m., when most were asleep. But there is a tool that can help.

“This is my NOAA alert radio from home,” said Pam Tucker.

Columbia County Emergency Operations Director Pam Tucker shows off the tool that could save your life.

“At night when you turn that TV off and go to bed, this is your lifeline. It will sound a little siren to wake you up and you’ll listen to the message for your county,” Tucker said.

The radios have been around for a while. But the new technology allows you to program alerts just for your country and ones nearby.

“If a tornado is coming on in McDuffie, we want to know here as well, not necessarily be awakened for a thunderstorm in Screven County,” Tucker said.

“Those things will go off and wake you up and get you ready for the storm,” said Adam Clark, News 12 Meteorologist.

News 12’s Meteorologist Adam Clark says the alert radio is a vital tool to weather the storm, especially at night. In fact, on Saturday he hosted a storm spotter training course to help locals ID storm systems.

“There’s just so much energy, especially in the summer and springtime when the earth is radiating lots of heat into the atmosphere, we get lots of convection and that can occur at night, especially in the warm season,” Clark said.

A simple tool, that works even without power, in the midst of the storm.

The weather alert radios are avalabile at most electronic stores and cost about $40 each.

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