Using your smart phone for information during a severe weather event


In the event you can't use your TV to hear from our weather team--your phone can be a vital tool in keeping you and your family safe. There are a number of apps out there including our News 12 app, which has an interactive weather radar.

In the event you can't use your TV to hear from our weather team--your phone can be a vital tool in keeping you and your family safe. There are a number of apps out there including our News 12 app, which has an interactive weather radar.

The Bryan County Office of Emergency Management says they're using a new radio app to communicate--and in an emergency, you can even listen to their storm spotters in real time as they're on the ground chasing storms. That's the Radio 5-0 app on your iPhone, and you would type in "bryan county storm spotters" to listen.

We also spoke with the Grayson County Office of Emergency Management--they tell us they encourage residents to get information through official vetted reports from sources such as the National Weather Service and emergency notification systems like codeRED alerts, and local broadcasters like News 12. You can also look for information on trusted social media sites.

And no matter what app you choose to get your severe weather information--don't forget to have an emergency plan in place--and if you can't make it to a storm shelter, the safest place in your home is going to be the inner most room without windows on the lowest floor of your house.


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