|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"!