Age: 20, b-day is 8/27. Graduate of MLK High in Nashville, TN. Attends MU in PA. Loves football, soccer, Frisbee, Scouts, Science Olympiad.
By: Astrometeor , 12:54 AM GMT on March 22, 2013
So, my mother and I have talked on and off about this for a while now. And that is, can the NWS get warnings out to people better?
Nowadays, tornado warnings have lead times on average of 30 minutes. Yet, with all the large tornado disasters such as Joplin, there is always someone who said that they had no idea this was coming. I, of course, when upon hearing that, goes and bangs head on the wall, because I had heard of it on national TV 15 minutes BEFORE it struck the city (Joplin). So, really, while I have mercy for victims of these violent mini-cyclones, I lose a great deal of pity for those who let these words come forth from their mouths.
There are many solutions that have been proposed. NOAA weather radios, HAM radios, text alerts, TV on when severe comes, news cycles handing out the warnings, and so on.
What I would like to see implemented would be a system in which when a tornado warning is activated, a continuous message to be splashed upon the screen (with sound for the blind) that shows the message and blocks whatever else the user could be watching. If on a TV, make the TV switch channels to an emergency weather channel of some sort or the local news channel who would no doubt be covering the emergency. I would have it so, the system was default and could not be turned off by the user.
I would like parents to also teach the importance of these warnings to their children, every time we have a drill, hundreds of students poke fun at the people who are holding those children's lives in their hands. Life and death is not a laughing matter, and too many a child does not realize this until horrific consequences strike.
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