Sign up for text, voice alerts for severe weather season

Published: Mar. 1, 2012 at 10:36 PM CST
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Region 8 is "marching" right into severe weather season, and overnight storms can be the most dangerous.

So you want to be prepared.

You could rely on your neighborhood siren.

However, surrounded by walls and white noise, listening for a siren may not be enough.

"They are not meant to be heard inside your home. In fact, a weather radio or smart phone app may be your best line of defense in severe weather."

Since most of us keep cell phones close-by, they can provide the quickest alert in an emergency; and that warning could be the difference in life or death.

On both Google and Apple phones, you can find weather apps by typing in "NOAA" or "Storm Track 8."

You can also sign up for text alerts by logging on to and clicking "E-mail and Text Alerts" under the Home tab, or by clicking here.

Enter your phone number and select the type of alerts you want to receive, scroll down, and hit "sign up."

The tried and true method is to have a weather radio.

"Many weather radios now come equipped with "S.A.M.E." technology, which allows you to program warnings right down to your specific location."

So how do you program a weather radio?

First, select menu and then scroll up until you find "channel".

Then, hit "select" and scroll through the channels until you find the frequency for your area, and hit "select" again.

To program a S.A.M.E. code, you first need to click "menu".

Then scroll up until you find "same set" and click "select."

After that, scroll until you find "single".

Move the up and down, left and right keys to enter your county's code, found here.

Remember to follow Region 8 News on Facebook and Twitter to get instant weather alerts. You can also follow our Meteorologists on Twitter at: @ryanvaughan, @wxsarah, and @bmccormick_KAIT.

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