April 25, 2013

Weather Radio

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It's that time of year again. The time of year that brings thunderstorms and tornados. It's nothing new to me…I grew up here and have experienced both my whole life….along with other crazy weather.

After we lost our house to a tornado back in 1999 (James and I had only been married just 3 weeks shy of 2 years), we decided to invest in a storm shelter and a weather radio for the new house (We re-built in the same spot.)

As soon as we got the weather radio, we set it up in our bedroom and programmed it according to the instructions. We decided to program it to where we would get notified of watches and warnings for the surrounding counties so we would know if something was coming (especially in the middle of the night). We live right near the border of our county so this made perfect sense to us.

The first time it went off in the middle of the night I almost had a heart attack. If you have ever owned or been around a weather radio when it's gone off you know what I'm talking about. For those of you who have never been near one when it's gone off, let me explain it to you.

A weather radio alarm is like an emergency vehicle driving right into your room. It has a siren type alarm and even with the volume turned down it will make you jump and your heart rate will increase. When it goes off in the middle of the night, while you are sleeping, the effects of this alarm are amplified. Instead of jumping, you practically fall out of bed and not only does your heart start racing but it feels like it's trying to escape your body.

After having a weather radio for several years, your reaction changes slightly. When the radio alarm sounds, you suddenly sit straight up, reach over and hit your husband…demanding that he get up and turn the dang thing off. You then reach over and grab your phone, open your weather app, look at radar to see if you need to take any action. If no action is needed (this is almost always the case unless you remember something that you've left outside like the beach towels hanging over the patio chairs), you roll over, wait for your heart to slow down so you can fall back to sleep.

Monday night was the second time in a week that we've had severe storms come through our state.  The first time was during the evening hours so we were awake and not in our room so it wasn't bad. Last night the storms started up right before we went to bed. The weather radio started up right after we went to bed. I think the alarm sounded about 6 times before I was able to fall asleep for good.

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