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How is the Valley prepared for the next time?

June 18, 2013

Just days ago, weather predictions called for severe storms, including a derecho to rival the storm that blew through the area nearly a year ago, leaving local residents with no power or gas and......

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Jun-18-13 11:26 PM

We liked Dillion's remark about God's complex and unfathomable world. That is certainly true as we all know.

The National Weather Service does a good job when you think about it. They are right most of the time, especially when it comes to fast warnings. Some people only think about when they are wrong and forget how often they are right which is most of the time.

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Jun-18-13 1:12 PM

And when the forecasts are wrong - it just reminds me that God has made this world much more complex and unfathomable than we poor arrogant humans would like.

gotta love that true so true...

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Jun-18-13 10:38 AM

This report makes it sound like WMOA radio station had to fix a mistake and go buy a generator. As the paper reported at the time they were the one radio station that had a generator! That is why they were able to stay on the air and provide information after the storm. They deserve credit for that. You should be asking if the other radio stations have figured that out yet.

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Jun-18-13 9:53 AM

Bad enough that people who volunteer with local fire dept/squad publicly tell you they are going fishing and not to worry about the last warnings (boy who cried wolf)... I believe thats why the weather people are there and why they are called predictions and forcast, read the definition.... and be prepared for the worst, hope for the best....

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Jun-18-13 9:41 AM

I figure that preparing for the storm that wasn't cost me $4 that I wouldn't have spent anyway - I bought a 20-pack of water. Otherwise, I would have spent the $30 on gas two days later anyway, and the $50 on food two or three days later - we've already eaten it, so no loss. The forecast just made me spend the money a bit earlier than normal. I'm glad the forecasters err a bit toward the sensational. It is better to be a bit overprepared than to be underprepared.

And when the forecasts are wrong - it just reminds me that God has made this world much more complex and unfathomable than we poor arrogant humans would like.

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Jun-18-13 9:06 AM

I think many people are prepared. I also think that forecasters could do a better job.

Really, the last week's prediction cost many people a lot of money.

Crazy people start scrambling to get gas, water, milk, bread, what have you......

There are many TV stations that have much more detailed info than what we have here. They also have a forecaster that does not interject his own fears and emotions into the announcement.

The year one guy stood out in the parking lot waiting for the first snow flake of the predicted HUGE snow storm really was crazy. We got NO snow.

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Jun-18-13 7:23 AM

After last years June 29 storm, I keep extra batteries, food, water and gas (full tank) in my car. I would like to think that when a bad storm is predicted, people will already have emergency items at their home. Being prepared would also stop the madness of overrunning stores after the storm. This preparation is a year round thing to have ready. Get prepared, don't be caught unprepared.

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Jun-18-13 4:28 AM

As with living anywhere being prepared is a must. Living in Florida now we keep a hurricane kit ready, enough food, water,batteries, tanks filled for the grill, and gas in car during peak season. Watch your weather and always be ready. Hope everyone will be safe this summer!

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