Now days, there are multiple ways to get severe weather alerts. One of the ways many people receive these alerts are by the outdoor warning sirens. This technology is outdated and only reliable if you are outdoors. Because of this, it is good to get yourself a NOAA weather radio. These can be programmed to alert you when a warning has been issued for the county/counties that you program it for. These weather radios also run on batteries so if a tornado warning wakes you up in the middle of a night, you can unplug this radio from the wall and take it with you to your tornado shelter so you can continue getting the latest updates and know when it is all clear to come out.
Saturday, April 25th from 10am to 2pm, the National Weather Service in Des Moines, the Iowa Storm Chasing Network, KCCI and Iowa State University meteorology will be located all across central Iowa selling and programming these weather radios. There will be three locations. The first one will be located in Ames at the east Hy-vee on Lincoln way (4018 W Lincoln Way), and this is where the Iowa State Meteorology department will be located. The second one is will be in Ankeny at the Prairie Trail Hy-vee (2510 SW State Street) and this is where the National Weather Service in Des Moines, KCCI’s John McLauglin and Jason Sydejko, as well as a few ISU meteorology students will be located. The last location will be in at the West Des Moines Hy-vee (1725 Jordan Creek Pkwy), and this is where the National Weather Service in Des Moines, the Iowa Storm Chasing Network, and KCCI’s Metinka Slater and Kurtis Gertz will be located. Hy-vee will have the Midland weather radios at all of their stores for sell, so come stop by and purchase one and have someone at one of these three locations program it for you!