You will have a love/hate relationship with your weather radio.
I wrote this blog several weeks ago, though with yesterday's weather, it seems quite timely instead of forward thinking.
I am the type of person who is okay with snow in November and December but when January comes around, I just want to think spring and summer. And though we need to navigate our wintry mix months still, it does not mean that you can't get ready for the weather that spring brings. . . another southeast Missouri euphemism. . . unstable weather. It sounds somewhat benign. . . relative of wintry mix perhaps? A little unpredictable?
Unstable weather in southeast Missouri most times means the conditions could be favorable for severe thunderstorms, hail, and tornados. I most recently hail from earthquake, drought, fire, mudslide territory and before that, flood, hurricane, nor'easter, and blizzard territory. Unstable weather took a little adjustment as it was not in my toolkit yet.
If you are coming from earthquake territory, (which by the way, you have now moved onto one of the largest faults in the US), you are in luck because the kit you need to prepare for "unstable" weather is just like an earthquake kit except one addition: the KFVS Weather Radio WR-100. I imagine there are other weather radios, just as good. I happen to be influenced by media folks and when they told me I could purchase one off the website, I did so. http://www.kfvs12.com/category/182089/st...
I have to say we over-programmed our radio in the name of playing it safe. A rookie mistake is plugging in the regions north and east of your location. Air masses move in that direction so most likely your unstable weather will come from the south and the west. Conversely, you may want to plug in the areas from the south and west so you have a heads up, though be prepared, the weather radio is not a gentle wake-up. You will have to get up to turn it off, sometimes repeatedly as the National Weather Service in Paducah issues a watch (conditions are favorable) and then a warning (has been spotted) for the many towns located adjacent to Cape. We would rather be informed than not so I do not think we will make any adjustments this year. Also, as far as I can tell, they have not come up with a weather radio that will only wake you when it is a warning.
Cape does have tornado sirens though I never hear them. We live too far and when I work, we are buried in the basement. Regardless, the sirens are intended for those who are outdoors. Here is the brochure for the one on the SEMO campus. http://www5.semo.edu/dps/images/OutdoorS... If a tornado is imminent, you do not want to be in your car, (even if you just bought it and you love it.) Head for a ditch and put your hands over your head. This is the exact opposite behavior of thunderstorms, hurricanes, earthquakes, and blizzards. If you are indoors, head for the basement and away from windows. Stay as interior as you can.
We spent a good amount of time last Spring getting to know Bob Reeves (KFVS Senior Meteorologist). I feel I have a close personal relationship with him. When the Dish goes, which it does in unstable weather, we just flip over to the internet and continue to watch him from there. The whole thing is a waiting game so in the event you lose Bob, be prepared with alternate recreation of your choosing.