There Are New Ways to Stay Informed About Severe Winter Weather
Running a business is complicated enough without worrying about the weather. Yet, a winter storm is part of life around Gardere, LA, so having the latest information about what’s likely to hit – and approximately when – is key to keeping your company safe. Fortunately, there are new ways to get up-to-the-minute information about severe weather threats.
The National Weather Service Wants You to Stay Informed
The internet has become the most effective method of broadcasting important information to the widest audience. However, today’s NWS uses many popular forms of communication to spread the word, including
- Weather radio
- Television news and weather
- Social media
- Smart device apps
Of these, social media – for all its faults – offers the greatest opportunity to keep Americans informed about weather trends and severe threats.
Weather Radio Is Still an Excellent Backup Source
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, of which NWS is a part, maintains weather radio stations across the country. Except for very remote areas, they cover most of the continental United States. They are also the official source of weather forecasts and winter storm warnings from the NWS and are particularly useful when other sources aren’t available.
Twitter Is Especially Effective for Weather Information Dissemination
Social media offers a chance to use multiple media methods for a greater understanding of the weather and climate information. You can find charts showing how much snow is expected, when storms are likely to hit specific areas and the hazardous outlook for severe thunderstorms. It’s a great way to stay informed and avoid unnecessary storm damage.
Of course, weather forecasting is mostly science, but it’s still partly an art – and it isn’t perfect. A winter storm can surprise everyone with extra intensity, and no one can forecast a tornado for a specific area until minutes before it happens.
If winter weather or a surprise freeze causes a pipe break – or any other storm damage – to your business, you should immediately call a storm cleanup company to tarp and board the exposed areas. They can then work with your commercial insurance agent to start the restoration process as soon as possible. SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster!