Director James K. Joseph says with nearly 50 weather warnings being issued during severe storms on Tuesday, March 15, it was a vivid reminder that residents need to have a way to receive severe weather warnings any time of the day or night. These reminders can easily come from a weather radio.
Joseph says Illinois residents have the opportunity to win one of 100 weather alert radios through an online contest.
This contest runs through March 31, and winners will be announced in April.
IESMA purchased the radios in hopes that the use of these devices in community throughout Illinois will increase.
IEMA officials say 19 tornado warnings were issued on Tuesday night with several touchdowns reported, resulting in damage to dozens of structures. Fortunately, there appear to have been no serious injuries or deaths as a result of the storms.
“Weather alert radios can be a real lifesaver when tornadoes or severe weather strike. Just like a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector, a weather radio puts out a loud, distinctive tone that alerts you to the approaching hazard and give you time to get to a safe place,” Joseph adds.
More information about severe weather preparedness can be found here.
Those who already have a weather radio and need it programmed can also visit the Decatur Walgreens on Ash Thursday, March 17, where Chief Meteorologist JC Fultz will be programming radios from 3:30 to 6:30 PM. Other locations should call their local EMA to find radio programmings in their area.