After the storms that damaged homes in west Champaign earlier this summer, Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh announced a change to the county’s criteria for sounding the tornado sirens. For those who may have missed the new criterion in June, the additional standard is this: If a trained spotter sees a wall cloud with rotation (spinning up in the air) and it is approaching the area, the tornado sirens will sound. This is in addition to the existing criteria for activating the sirens, which are:
- The trained spotter seeing an active tornado
- Confirmation of an approaching tornado by the National Weather Service radar
- Emergency Management Agency reports of damage from a tornado approaching Champaign, Urbana or Savoy
The addition of the new criterion is good – but when it comes to Tornado detection, we encourage homeowners to go one step further to protect their homes and families.
Smart Home Weather Alerts
With a smart home security system, Champaign residents can have their own tornado detection system inside their homes – and, connected to their smartphones. The weather alerts provided by the system come straight from the National Weather Service, and they are powered by the service’s real-time data. As soon as we receive the alert, we transmit it to our homeowners.
One Step Ahead
Often, our weather alerts are one step ahead of local tornado sirens. Remember: Spotters cannot provide warnings in heavy rains or at night, which means cities may miss signs of a tornado forming after dark or in the rain. Also, the weather alerts on smart home security systems notify homeowners when they are in the path of dangerous snow storms or wildfires. There are also flood alerts and low temperature alerts designed to help you protect your home from the devastation of bursting frozen pipes.
Smart home technology should solve the real problems that homeowners face, and that’s what we make available with our smart home security systems. To learn more about protecting your Champaign home with tornado detection and other weather alerts, contact F.E. Moran Security Systems. We will be glad to answer your questions.
About F.E. Moran Security Solutions
Since 2003, F.E. Moran Security Solutions has been a relationship-driven security company that is provides superior customer service, quality installations and state-of-the-art monitoring – and now, our services include smart home upgrades. We are proud that one of the top 50 security companies in the U.S., ranked by SDM Magazine, is our Illinois home security company.