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Old 07-24-2014, 04:34 PM   #1
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As I read about the tragedy at Cherrystone RV Resort I'm reminded that I need a weather radio for the travel trailer, and a solid evacuation plan for my family. Our plan has been to head for a solid structure such as a campground bathroom. But, we need the notification first. Any recommendations on good weather radios that don't have too many false alarms and allow you to easily update your location when traveling?
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:11 PM   #2
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You can get alerts on your cell phone if you have one

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Old 07-24-2014, 05:23 PM   #3
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I have the local weather alert set to send a text to my phone for the area of our seasonal site ...plus I monitor two weather apps if it is going to storm - kinda paranoid about storms myself but DH is not ....😉


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Old 07-24-2014, 06:58 PM   #4
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Several years ago we were in Nashville and came back to our site to get the tornado drill. Not going to loe it definitely concerned me a lot! Since then I have an app Pro Weather Alert to monitor the alerts, a weather radio at home and one in the trailer in case the app fails.

We left that trip early... The next day a tornado came through the middle of the campground and Nashville flooded out. My last trip during the 4th of July I was in Williamsburg and I was shocked to find there was NO NOAA weather stations for the area! Relied on the app since I had a good cell signal.
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Old 07-24-2014, 07:32 PM   #5
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Doc 73, I live in Newport News just a few miles from Williamsburg and we receive our weather alerts from the Wakefield weather station with the National weather service. You should have pick up the signal in Williamsburg. I also have the marine band radio which works well on land. They just installed a new antenna at the Wakefield station. They take the system down from time to time for maintenance, but not during a severe weather threat.

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Old 07-24-2014, 08:49 PM   #6
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Yeah I saw it was out of Newport News. On channel 7 I think... it was there but very weak. I could only hear it faintly on two different radios so I know that was not it. We were at the outdoor world
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Old 07-27-2014, 09:31 AM   #7
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We had it come across our phone, unfortunately i only had time to yell a warning to the other members of our group, wake my wife up and get her on the floor and lay on top of her. In the case of Cherrystone it went from a thunderstorm warning to a tornado and was on us in about 5 minutes.
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On the iPhone, go to Settings, then to Notification Center and scroll to the very bottom and you will see Government Alerts. You can choose to have it on or off. I get Amber Alerts but so far have not gotten a weather alert as I've not been in that type of situation yet, luckily. I also use Nixle as our city uses that system for weather alerts. It's very handy and very helpful!


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As I read about the tragedy at Cherrystone RV Resort I'm reminded that I need a weather radio for the travel trailer, and a solid evacuation plan for my family. Our plan has been to head for a solid structure such as a campground bathroom. But, we need the notification first. Any recommendations on good weather radios that don't have too many false alarms and allow you to easily update your location when traveling?
Yeah, I need to get a weather radio myself. I read all the posts about getting alerts on your smartphone... but I don't have a smartphone. It was a pain in my ***** when I worked and told DW I didn't need one in my semi-retirement. Besides, I didn't even have a signal for my cellphone at the campground we were at over the weekend - nor did I have a signal at the campground we were at over the 4th of July!
So, a weather radio it is. Just need to find something decent.
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Old 07-27-2014, 05:56 PM   #10
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Try a eton ,battery, solar or crank, it works am fm and weather has helped us a couple of times.

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