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Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed the week of March 1st through 7th as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Arkansas.

During Severe Weather Awareness Week the National Weather Service is asking people to think about what they would do and where they would go when severe weather threatens.

There will be a particular subject discussed each day.

  • Monday- Severe Thunderstorms
  • Tuesday- Methods of Receiving Severe Weather Information
  • Wednesday- Tornadoes
  • Thursday- Lightning
  • Friday- Flash Floods

TUESDAY- METHODS OF RECEIVING SEVERE WEATHER INFORMATION 

Please take some time to review our emergency procedures for severe weather and see the information below from the National Weather Service Little Rock office.

ASK PEOPLE WHERE THEY GET THEIR WEATHER INFORMATION WHEN SEVERE WEATHER IS OCCURRING…AND THEY WILL MOST LIKELY ANSWER WITH THE NAME OF THEIR FAVORITE TELEVISION OR RADIO STATION…OR THE INTERNET.

BUT…IF PEOPLE ARE NOT AT HOME OR DO NOT HAVE THE TV OR RADIO TURNED ON…THEY MAY NOT GET THE WORD. AND IF THEY ARE ASLEEP… THEY ARE VULNERABLE TO SEVERE STORMS.

NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS…THE VOICE OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE…BROADCASTS WEATHER INFORMATION 24 HOURS A DAY. A SPECIAL ALERTING FEATURE SOUNDS A TONE WHEN A WARNING IS ISSUED. EVEN IF YOU HAVE TURNED IN FOR THE NIGHT…YOU WILL BE ALERTED IMMEDIATELY TO DANGEROUS WEATHER CONDITIONS.

MANY RECENT MODELS OF WEATHER RADIOS ARE EQUIPPED WITH A FEATURE CALLED SAME…WHICH STANDS FOR SPECIFIC AREA MESSAGE NCODER. THIS ALLOWS YOU TO SELECT COUNTIES OF INTEREST TO RECEIVE ALERTS. WITHOUT THIS FEATURE…YOU WOULD BE WARNED OF STORMS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE LISTENING AREA BUT NOT NECESSARILY YOUR LOCATION.

 MOST WEATHER RADIOS COME WITH BATTERY BACKUP…SO THEIR ALERTING CAPABILITIES ARE NOT AFFECTED BY POWER OUTAGES.

NOAA WEATHER RADIOS CAN BE PURCHASED AT STORES THAT SELL RADIO EQUIPMENT…AS WELL AS AT DISCOUNT STORES AND DEPARTMENT STORES.

OUTSIDE OF NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS…THERE ARE MANY SOURCES AVAILABLE TO ACCESS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WARNING INFORMATION. TELEVISION AND RADIO STATIONS HAVE BEEN MENTIONED AS WELL AS THE INTERNET. OTHER SOURCES INCLUDE CABLE AND SATELLITE TV…TELEPHONE NOTIFICATION SERVICES TO WHICH PEOPLE SUBSCRIBE…PAGERS…CELL PHONES AND PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANTS.

Information for the page provided by the National Weather Service.

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