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Are You "Weather Aware"?

Posted by KD4CAL PIO/PRO on April 24, 2013 at 5:00 PM

April 27, 2013 will mark the two year anniversary of one of the deadliest tornado out breaks that the state of Alabama, as well as other locations, had ever experienced. Over 200 lives were lost in Alabama that day with 9 of those being right here in Calhoun County.


The Calhoun County ARES/RACES Group would like to take this time to encourage everyone to be sure that you have multiple ways of receiving severe weather information. Please DO NOT rely only on outdoor weather sirens!!! Make sure that you have a weather radio and ensure that it is properly programmed for area you're in. Also, stay tuned to your local news media, TV or Radio, and with today's technology even your cell phones have the capability of having weather information right at your fingertips. Of course you could even program the frequencies of some of the amateur radio repeaters near you in your police scanner if you have one.


The members of the Calhoun County ARES/RACES Group are here to support the Calhoun County EMA and other organizations and agencies during severe weather events such as this. On April 27, 2011 we had our people out in the field watching and giving reports before the tornadoes struck. Once the tornadoes struck and destoyed parts of Calhoun County those same volunteers were among the very first of responders to arrive. Our group worked over 300 volunteer man hours in the days following the storm and there were many other groups, organizations and individuals that had volunteered here locally and across the state to help in the recovery effort.


But please do your part to be prepared by being "Weather Aware"!

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Calhoun County


RACES Repeater Information:


146.780- Primary EMCOMMS

145.280- D-STAR

443.350+ D-STAR


The Calhoun County ARES/RACES EMA Training Net meets every Monday night @ 7:00PM on 146.780-.

Important NOAA Weather Radio Information:

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To ensure that you are receiving the correct weather information for Calhoun County, AL make sure your weather radio is set to Channel 4 (162.475MHz) and the Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) code is 001015.

Important Weather Terms To Know:

FLOOD WATCH — Conditions are right for flooding to happen soon.

FLOOD WARNING — Flooding is occurring. Be prepared to evacuate if told to do so.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH — Severe thunderstorms are possible in your area.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING — Severe thunderstorms are occurring.

TORNADO WATCH — Tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms.

TORNADO WARNING — A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. If you are in a designated tornado warning area and the sky becomes threatening, move to your pre-designated place of safety.