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What You Should Have For Severe Weather

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Wednesday's severe weather is a taste of what's to come.

"Basically the heart of severe weather season is May, June, and July," said Steve Beylon, StormCenter 2 meteorologist.

Officials say weather radios are like smoke detectors--something everyone should have.

"They're constantly monitoring weather as (storms) come through," said Paul Gazdik, Brown County Emergency Management Director.

He said severe weather often happens late at night.

"Weather radios wake people up when they're sleeping and give people thunderstorm and tornado warnings," Beylon said.

"It'll alert you with an audible tone and it will give you information about the pending storm that's coming into your area," said Gazdik.

Weather radios are also good for hot summer days.

"You'll have people in the summertime when it's really warm out and they'll have their windows shut, they'll have their air conditioning on, so they may not necessarily hear the outdoor warning siren," said Gazdik.

Emergency management told Action 2 News tornado sirens aren't meant to be heard indoors. "There's been many instances or cases where I'm in a school and there's a siren that's right on the property and I can't hear it," Gazdik said.

Weather radios plug in, but have battery backups in case of a power outage. Gazdik said Brown County Emergency Management usually recommends changing batteries when the time changes for Daylight Saving Time.

Weather radios have saved lives in Wisconsin and the cost starts at about $20.
     
"It's a good investment for your family," said Gazdik.
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