As winter weather begins we have already seen a number of storms break out around the country. From heavy snowstorms to flooding in the south, the winter storm damage and water damage have already become a major focus this season. Fortunately, technology is staying ahead of the weather. You can use your smartphone to get live weather updates as they occur. New apps, social media and streaming capabilities are providing an extra measure of protection against winter storms and flooding.
Apps such as The iMap Weather Radio are programmed to send you personalized severe weather warnings as soon as they are issued. Many early warning apps are designed to trigger an alert when you are within specified parameters that you have predetermined – such as a county partially covered by a tornado warning. The iMap Weather Radio app will only notify you if you are located within the area that has a weather warning. It is designed to pinpoint specific geographic areas that fall under the umbrella of watches and warnings.
Also, more and more television and radio stations are taking to Facebook and Twitter to keep listeners informed of ever-changing (or deteriorating) weather conditions. You may want to become a fan or a follower of the local media outlet of choice in your area in order to receive these timely updates. Between the media outlet and other friends who are also following them, it is possible to get a pretty clear picture of what is happening in a given area with regard to severe winter weather.
Live streams are also the most up-to-date method of keeping up with current weather conditions. Presented in real time, unlike radar which is usually replaying the events of the last few minutes in most cases, live streaming allows you to watch weather events as they unfold, meaning that you know what is happening at any given time in a specific location. Just go to your favorite local media station on your mobile device and click on the “live streaming” icon for instant updates and information.
Severe weather events can be extremely unpredictable, as well as fast forming. Many storm systems present a lethal combination producing water damage and the risk of injury. By making use of every available technological application available to us, the advanced warning time for these events may be increased significantly. The more time you have to prepare and potentially evacuate, the better your chances are of coming out of this type of situation in one piece.
The winter season is predicted to be an active one in many areas of the country. So take the time now and add severe weather applications to your Smartphone, check out social media sites, and live streams with the latest severe weather applications and programs. Stay safe and stay ahead of severe weather.
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