Getting severe information is critical to get in real time. The timeliness in getting the information can mean a great deal when it comes to protecting lives and property. The following are sources for severe weather information:

1. NOAA weather radio- Purchase one and keep it turned on alarm mode. When a severe weather warning is issued the radio will activate. With the latest technology some models will only go off if the weather warning is for your area. Make sure it can work on batteries in case the electricity goes out.

2. Weather broadcasters- Watch weather broadcasters for real time information. The radar technology can pin point where the storms are at. Scroll through the channels to get as much information as you can. Broadcasters have great visual and oral skills at explaining the threat from storms. Make sure to also have a battery operated TV in case power goes out. Try to find the station that has the most wall to wall coverage (stays on air the longest and most continuous) when severe weather occurs.

3. Sirens- Many communities have sirens that go off in the case of a tornado. Make sure you will be able to hear the sirens and if not depend on other sources such as the alarm feature on NOAA weather radio.

4. Internet- Weather data can be retrieved online including watches, warnings, and radar. The NWS issues a wealth of products online that can be accessed at the following website:

5. Hand held devices- Some private business have created hand held devices that will send you weather warnings.

6. Cell phone warnings- Warnings can be sent to your cell phone in real time. Some models can also get latest radar.

7. Neighbors and family members- Word of mouth can also be important for getting the word out to people that do not get weather warnings. Call them when severe weather is about to hit to make sure they are prepared.