March is Severe Weather Preparedness Month

March is Severe Weather Month, Be Prepared
Posted on 02/26/2020
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The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Arlington Heights Fire Department observes the month of March as Severe Weather Preparedness Month in the State of Illinois. Severe weather comes in the form of tornadoes, lightening, flash floods, damaging winds and destructive hail that strikes Illinois each spring, summer and fall.

With the use of storm tracking technology, such as Doppler radar, fast communication systems and better Skywarn storm spotting networks, meteorologists are able to provide more accurate and timely warnings for destructive tornadoes and severe storms. In order for the warnings to be effective, people must receive the warnings in a timely manner and take proper actions to protect themselves.

Arlington Heights maintains one of the most advanced outdoor severe weather warning systems available, but residents should not solely rely on that system as the primary method of receiving tornado warnings at home. The sirens placed throughout the Village are there to warn people who are outdoors to take cover.
Arlington Heights maintains one of the most advanced outdoor severe weather warning systems available, but residents should not solely rely on that system as the primary method of receiving tornado warnings at home. The sirens places throughout the Village are there to warn people who are outdoors to take cover.

At home the best way to receive severe weather warnings is with a tone alert NOAA Weather Radio. While you are awake you most likely will get information from your television, but what about in the middle of the night while you are asleep? A NOAA Weather Radio alerts people with a high pitched alarm. They can be programmed to only alert you to warnings for a specific county or area. These radios are extremely inexpensive and can be purchased at many electronics stores for $30 to $90.

The Arlington Heights Fire Department and those in emergency management encourage residents to develop a safety plan for use in your home, workplace, school, vehicle and outdoor activities. Beware of severe weather safety rules. Visit this website for more information or call the Arlington Heights Emergency Management Agency at 847-368-5450.