Meteorologists educate area on severe weatherPublished 5:34pm Friday, August 16, 2013
A pair of meteorologists stopped in Alexander City to give residents tips about how to better prepare for severe weather.
Ashley Brand and Bryan Peters with ABC 33/40 in Birmingham held a severe weather presentation at the Adelia M. Russell Library on Thursday.
Brand and Peters offered tips and fielded questions about severe weather, while also programming any weather radios residents brought to the event as well.
“With our job, we just love to be able to help as many people as possible learn about the weather and learn to stay safe from it,” Brand said.
Among those tips offered up during the presentation was the findings of a University of Alabama-Birmingham study that found helmets can help prevent head injuries during severe weather such as tornadoes.
“It’s been amazing, especially since the April 27 tornadoes, how we’ve just learned more and more about how people respond to weather, what people understand and what people don’t understand about severe weather,” Brand said. “One thing we talked about with safety is wearing helmets. It doesn’t matter which kind – baseball, football, motorcycle – because a lot of injuries in severe weather are head injuries.”
Brand said the big reason why she and Peters stopped by the library for the presentation is that it’s simply important to help people better understand the dangers of severe weather, including severe thunderstorms, and how to prepare for those circumstances.
Will Cush, a child who attended the presentation with his mother Kristen, said he learned a lot from Brand and Peters.
“I learned how to be safe during severe weather and tornadoes,” Cush said. “I learned that a tornado watch means it can be issued a couple hours before, and a tornado warning means it’s happening right now.
“And when going into the basement during a tornado, always bring a helmet.”
Marshall Griffin said he came to the presentation to get some weather radios programmed,and learned some valuable information in the process.
“I work with Alabama Power here in Alexander City and Tallapoosa County in Dadeville, and we had some weather radios I was interested in getting programmed,” Griffin said. “Our company supplied those to us for alert systems probably as a result of the severe weather April 27.
“It was a very interesting program, and we appreciate the library doing this.”