There are many different ways that warnings can be delivered to those that need to be notified. The following are examples of what we have for warning systems in Boone County.
Outdoor Warning Sirens: These are the most common type of warning the general public has been involved with for many years. However, they primarily only cover those within city limits. If you are outside, you can hear them for several miles but each siren is only designed to notify people within a mile radius. The other piece is that they are called and designed to be heard outside. They are not designed to be heard within the home or business. The thought is that those outside may not be near another mode of warning and this will notify them to seek shelter.
NOAA Weather Radios: There has been a big push for every household and business to have a NOAA Weather Radio. The entire state of Iowa is covered by weather information transmitters that is received by these radios. There are many different types of radios and different price ranges depending on all the bells and whistles that come with it. The name is somewhat misleading as now these radios can be used to notify the public about child abductions, evacuations that are occurring in your area and many other types of public warnings.
TV and Radio: We live in a very good area that is served by several radio and TV venues. Local radio KWBG 1590 AM is normally in a position to be in contact with the local law enforcement, fire, storm spotters and of course, Emergency Management and can give you more up to the minute reports better than some of the other radio and TV stations.
Emergency Responders: Emergency personnel and storm spotters are notified and work closely together with the Communication Center to help track and report information about the weather conditions and damage that may have been done. The National Weather Service is in direct contact with the communication center and with emergency management via radio. With all of these groups working together, your county is better informed as to what is happening and to what extent you should prepare for what is to come.
Doppler Dave's Email: Dubbed as Doppler Dave by some of the members, I have a large email distribution list of government, public and private partners that receive updates via email. Those updates normally have a weather theme and gives you a more direct and localized report of what the weather currently or is supposed to bring to our area. On occasion, I will also send out information that we need to distribute widely or that I think would be of interest to the majority of the group.
It started out as a courtesy email to stakeholders that the information may have been important to. It has grown to a very large network by agencies receiving the email and then redistributing it or individual people that send it to others in their network. If your business would like to have this type of information sent to them, or if you just want to receive it on your personal email at home, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add your email address to the list.