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What We Think: Severe weather didn’t wait; don’t wait to prepare

Buying a weather radio and signing up for weather text alerts are two ways to become prepared for spring storms.

Three tornadoes that struck the region on Feb. 28 missed their cue.

This is Severe Weather Preparedness Week – March 5-11.

This is the time when Illinoisans are supposed to be getting ready, after a long, cold winter, for upcoming brushes with stormy spring weather.

But those twisters that struck in Whiteside, Ogle and Bureau counties didn’t wait.

Likewise, preparedness for such storms shouldn’t wait, either.

Perhaps we state the obvious, but the importance of preparedness and early warnings can’t be overstated.

TV and radio have their places.

So do sirens.

So do smartphones and social media.

So do weather radios. The Sauk Valley has an NOAA weather radio station based in Dixon (KZZ55, frequency 162.525) that broadcasts a constant stream of weather reports; warnings are accompanied by blaring noises to wake the household at night and alert occupants in the daytime.

We strongly encourage all residents to buy a weather radio and keep it tuned in for storm watches and warnings.

We also strongly urge people to sign up for Sauk Valley Media weather text alerts through our website, saukvalley.com. Click on the “More” tab, then click “txtAlerts” to begin the signup process.

Severe weather didn’t wait to make its entrance this year. People shouldn’t wait to get better prepared for it.

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