Unfortunately, Palm Sunday has seen its share of tornado outbreaks over the years, and some churches even decided to cancel services today. I had no intentions of writing anything today until I saw the following Tweet:

No tornado siren could be heard in highland lakes! Large oak and pine trees on houses. Could have been very bad with children’s bedrooms mostly upstairs. Thanks for the heads up @spann Any idea why they didn’t go off?

The person tweeting this had nothing but the best intentions so there is no intent to ridicule him. In fact, the Tweet is useful because it provides an opportunity to remind the public facing tornado danger why you cannot rely on tornado sirens indoors.

Meteorologists tracking severe storms.

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My good friend and colleague James Spann is one of the best broadcast meteorologists in the business. He is certified by the American Meteorological Society and hosts the outstanding WeatherBrains podcast. Spann is the Chief Meteorologist at WBMA ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, which had tornado risks all night. His response to that tweet sums it up:  “This is why we say NEVER rely on a siren! Every Alabama home must have a NOAA Weather Radio…”

In fact, the NOAA, the parent agency of the National Weather Service has clear guidance on outdoor warning sirens on its website. However, before I mention those, it is important to note that they are called “outdoor” warning sirens. Here is what the NOAA says on its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ website about what it means when you hear an outdoor warning siren:

In short, it means that something life-threatening is happening and you should go indoors and get more information. The specific guidelines (tornado, hail,wind, etc.) for sounding sirens varies by jurisdiction, so check with your local community to find out the specifics if you are interested….Sirens are an outdoor warning system designed only to alert those who are outside that something dangerous is approaching.

For alerts indoors at home or in the workplace, the website recommends a NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards. As the website points out, “NOAA Weather Radio is like a smoke detector for severe weather, and it can wake you up when a warning is issued for your area so you can take appropriate action.” In the more modern era, I would also recommend certain alert Apps like Red Cross Tornado or the FEMA App. Here in Georgia, I rely on the ReadyGA App. Even with Apps, you must remember that a fully-charged phone is a requirement. Anna Lawrence is a teacher in Georgia and our daughters are in the same Girl Scout troop. She messaged me this morning and said, “Weather radio already went off this morning and my county alert system called, will stay informed and aware!” Her county has sirens, but Mrs. Lawrence clearly has the right approach to risk messaging for our ongoing tornado watch.

Spann’s response to the aforementioned Tweet is not a flash in the pan moment. He has been a strong advocate on educating the public about tornado safety and sirens. He wrote the following in a 2016 blog:

THE SIREN MENTALITY: Why in the world do people think they will hear a magical air raid siren inside their home to let them know a tornado is coming? Sure, you might hear a siren on nice days with blue sky and sunshine when they are being tested, but you have no hope in the middle of the night during a severe thunderstorm. They have never been designed to warn people inside homes, businesses, schools, churches, or any other structure. They reach a limited number of people outside, and that is it.

I often write Forbes articles to increase science literacy, and this one is no different. However, I also hope it serves a greater purpose for someone out there. Stay safe.

Meteorologist James Spann speaking about tornado safety.

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Over the past36 hours or two, I have actually viewed tornadic storms damaged parts of the southern United States. The Storm Forecast Center of the National Weather Condition Service has actually been alerting for days that a powerful storm system would produce this kind of activity. Even as I compose this essay, parts of Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas ought to keep a watchful eye out this Palm Sunday. As I compose this, my location of Georgia is under a twister watch up until 2 pm. Sadly, Palm Sunday has actually seen its share of twister break outs over the years, and some churches even chose to cancel services today. (*** )I had no objectives of composing anything today up until I saw the following Tweet:(**** )(***** )

No twister siren might be heard in highland lakes! Big oak and evergreen on homes.

Might have been really bad with kids’s bed rooms primarily upstairs. Thanks for the direct @spann Any concept why they didn’t go off?

The individual tweeting this had absolutely nothing however the very best objectives so there is no intent to mock him. In truth, the Tweet works due to the fact that it supplies a chance to advise the general public dealing with twister risk why you can not depend on twister sirens inside your home.

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Meteorologists tracking serious storms.

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In truth, the NOAA, the moms and dad firm of the National Weather condition Service has clear assistance on outside caution sirens on its site. Nevertheless, prior to I discuss those, it is

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Spann’s reaction to the previously mentioned Tweet is not a flash in the pan minute. He has actually been a strong supporter on informing the general public about twister security and sirens. He composed the following in a2016 blog site:(*** )(**** )(***** )

THE SIREN MINDSET: Why worldwide do individuals believe they will hear a wonderful air raid siren inside their house to let them understand a twister is coming? Sure, you may hear a siren on great days with blue sky and sunlight when they are being evaluated, however you have no hope in

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Meteorologist James Spann discussing twister security.

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) Over the past36 hours or two, I have actually viewed tornadic storms damaged parts of the southern United States. The Storm Forecast Center of the National Weather Condition Service has actually been alerting for days that a powerful storm system would produce this kind of activity. Even as I compose this essay, parts of Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas ought to keep a watchful eye out this Palm Sunday. As I compose this, my location of Georgia is under a twister watch up until 2 pm.

Sadly, Palm Sunday has actually seen its share of twister break outs for many years, and some churches even chose to cancel services today.(*** )I had no objectives of composing anything today up until I saw the following Tweet:(**** ).

No twister siren might be heard in highland lakes! Big oak and evergreen on homes. Might have been really bad with kids’s bed rooms primarily upstairs.

Thanks for the direct @spann Any concept why they didn’t go off?

The individual tweeting this had absolutely nothing however the very best objectives so there is no intent to mock him.

In truth, the Tweet works due to the fact that it supplies a chance to advise the general public dealing with twister risk why you can not depend on twister sirens inside your home.

Meteorologists tracking serious storms.

NOAA

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My buddy and associate James Spann is among the very best broadcast meteorologists in business. He is accredited by the American Meteorological Society and hosts the exceptional WeatherBrains podcast. Spann is the Chief Meteorologist at WBMA ABC 33/ 40 in Birmingham , which had twister dangers all night. His reaction to that tweet amounts it up: “This is why we state NEVER depend on a siren! Every Alabama house need to have a NOAA Weather Condition Radio …”

In truth, the NOAA, the moms and dad firm of the National Weather condition Service has clear assistance on outside caution sirens on its site. Nevertheless, prior to I discuss those, it is very important to keep in mind that they are called “outside” caution sirens. Here is what the NOAA states on its Regularly Asked Concerns (Frequently Asked Question site about what it suggests when you hear an outside caution siren:

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Simply put, it suggests that something dangerous is taking place and you ought to go inside your home and get more details. The particular standards (twister, hail, wind, and so on) for sounding sirens differs by jurisdiction, so consult your regional neighborhood to discover the specifics if you are interested … Sirens are an outside caution system created just to signal those who are outside that something harmful is approaching.

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For signals inside your home in the house or in the office, the site suggests a NOAA Weather condition Radio All-Hazards. As the site explains, “NOAA Weather Condition Radio resembles a smoke alarm for serious weather condition, and it can wake you up when a caution is released for your location so you can take proper action.” In the more modern-day period, I would likewise advise particular alert Apps like Red Cross Twister or the FEMA App Here in Georgia, I depend on the ReadyGA App. Even with Apps, you need to keep in mind that a fully-charged phone is a requirement. Anna Lawrence is an instructor in Georgia and our children remain in the very same Lady Scout troop. She messaged me today and stated, “Weather condition radio currently went off today and my county alert system called, will remain notified and mindful!” Her county has sirens, however Mrs. Lawrence plainly has the ideal technique to run the risk of messaging for our continuous twister watch.

Spann’s reaction to the previously mentioned Tweet is not a flash in the pan minute. He has actually been a strong supporter on informing the general public about twister security and sirens. He composed the following in a 2016 blog site:

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THE SIREN MINDSET: Why worldwide do individuals believe they will hear a wonderful air raid siren inside their house to let them understand a twister is coming? Sure, you may hear a siren on great days with blue sky and sunlight when they are being evaluated, however you have no hope in the middle of the night throughout a serious thunderstorm. They have actually never ever been created to alert individuals inside houses, organisations, schools, churches, or any other structure. They reach a minimal variety of individuals outside, which is it.

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I frequently compose Forbe s posts to increase science literacy, and this one is no various. Nevertheless, I likewise hope it serves a higher function for somebody out there. Stay safe.

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Meteorologist James Spann discussing twister security.

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