Almost a month ago, we had the tornado siren go off here. I was on the phone at the time and didn’t hear it. Even after Bad Pants got me off the phone, I still couldn’t hear the siren. Not from inside the closet next to the brick fireplace, the safest place in the house, nor outside the closet in our bedroom. I’m not sure I could have heard it if I was standing outside, as the tone seems to be right under my hearing register when the sound travels any distance.
This has caused some consternation for us. How am I to hear a weather emergency like that? It’s not like our area uses air raid sirens, which I can here. Instead, this is the siren they use, which I can’t hear from the 4 miles away we are from it.
That is what our siren sounds like. Annoying when I’m listening to it on Youtube, impossible for me to hear in real life.
Most of the time, Bad Pants is home to alert me. Or Dude. But there are times that perhaps one or both won’t be around, or will be using earbuds or headphones and not hear the warning.
I have plans to teach Barrow to alert me to this specific sound once he gets older. Only, I have to figure out how to teach him to do that. If I can puzzle that out, I can teach Roxanne NOW.
Eventually, we want to get a couple of these:
But, as you can imagine, they are not exactly inexpensive. And I’d need more than one for our home. And I need the vibrator as we have lightening often enough that the strobe light you can get to go with it might not be enough to wake me. Though, ideally, one of these with a loud alarm noise should do the trick to get my attention.
Of course, we’re still researching these units. Some are pre-programmed for your area at the manufacturer’s, which is nice. Apparently this particular model is not.
In the mean time though, I’ve found a couple text and email notification websites. They’re free, as long as you use only one location. I signed up to use this one and this one. I’d like to compare the services before I shell out money for multiple locations monthly (we live on the border of 3 counties). However, the drawback here is that my cell phone doesn’t always have signal during thunderstorms.
We are actively researching, plotting and planning for tornadoes. And preparing for a future that might become quieter for me some day.