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It's That Time of Year Again

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS- Monday, March 3rd kicks off Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Central Illinois. This might be difficult to swallow, considering the relentless winter weather, but Meteorologists Patrick Bak (NWS in Lincoln) and Bruce Jones (Midland Radio Corporation) say NOW is the time to be prepared. November 17, 2013 and, most recently, February 20th 2014 are grim reminders to ALWAYS be ready for severe weather to strike; because it can happen to anyone.

We first told you on WAND News that the tornado sirens never sounded in the Pana Area on February 20th, even though an EF-2 tornado barreled through. Bak and Jones tell WAND News that it's never a good idea to solely rely on tornado sirens for safety. Sometimes they don't sound and other times they are difficult to hear indoors. Jones goes on to say that tornado sirens are designed to warn residents outdoors. The number one solution to this problem is having a NOAA Weather Radio handy, especially when Mother Nature turns ugly. NOAA Weather Radios always sound, even when the power goes out; these radios can be plugged in to an outlet and also run on batteries. You can program your NOAA Radio to a specific county and/or alert you only want to hear; this way, your radio only sounds when an emergency situation is affecting you. NOAA Weather Radios can be found at your local Walgreens for about thirty dollars. It's one of the best investments you can make to be ready for severe weather this season. Tornado Season in Central Illinois is April through June. Just remember that tornadoes have and can occur at any time of the year!

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