Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Glade Sun

April 4, 2012

Announcing FG Community Club storm warning system updates

CROSSVILLE — Currently Fairfield Glade Community Club has a good storm warning system for our members and guests playing golf.  We have storm tracking equipment in each club house and when necessary we blow the air horns to warn golfers to get off the course and seek shelter. Because of the size and terrain of our golf course, not everyone may hear the horns. So we also send out rangers in golf carts to warn everyone on the course to leave and seek shelter.

The rest of the Glade is covered by five sirens. Not only is this not enough sirens, but the siren system’s effectiveness has been surpassed by newer and far more reliable technology. This is why neither Crossville nor Cumberland County have a siren weather system. Their officials stressed the importance of their citizens protecting themselves with current and more reliable systems.

Some of the problems hindering siren systems are worsened by conditions in the Glade. For example, our hilly terrain and thousands of trees defuse the sound of the sirens. Even people outdoors may not hear a siren that is close by because of sound distortion. Our houses and cars are built to keep sound out, further reducing the chances of hearing a siren. And, our hearing is not as sharp as it once was.

Then there are the weather and human error factors to consider. For example, what happens when a tree falls on the wires or the wind just snaps them? It is an unreliable and antiquated system that does not provide the level of warning of newer and better systems.

There are better ways to warn our residents while limiting the club’s liability. For these reasons, we will not be operating our sirens anymore.

Fortunately there are a number of better options that will improve your chances of being alerted of an impending storm. Some are:

• You can be placed on a weather alert cell phone list for free.

• Our local radio station102.5 has excellent storm coverage and you can sign up at no cost to receive text messages.

• TV channel’s 5, 6, and 10 and the weather station also have free sign up and provide texting.

• Cumberland County is experimenting with Reverse 911 software that will automatically call up a resident’s home phone with a weather alert specific to a particular location. This software can be used for many purposes such as, Amber Alerts and fire warnings.

The most recommended #1 weather alert system is the Weather Radio. This battery operated radio comes in all sizes, shapes and prices. One of the more popular ones is the Weather Cube Radio offered online by Radio Shack for $19.99. Its cube shape makes for easy placement in your home and car when traveling.

We urge you to seriously consider at least one of the above options to provide you and your loved ones a reliable up-to-date storm weather warning alert system.

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