Many options exist for severe weather preparedness

CREATED May 7, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - Pictures have been pouring in as the hail and rain poured down today.  Perhaps many were just anxious to take pictures of something besides snow, even if the hail almost looked like a fresh blanket of snow in Hartford.

But to be considered 'severe', hail has to be at least an inch in diameter or about the size of a quarter.  If any severe thunderstorm or tornado warnings are issued in southeastern Wisconsin, the TODAY'S TMJ4 app will send you a notification, you can then watch Storm Team 4 coverage on TV, your tablet or smartphone.  The most up-to-date smart phones are fully equipped with the Wireless Emergency Alert system, which will trigger an alarm if a tornado or flash flood warning is issued based on the GPS location of the phone.
With severe season ramping up, you may want to consider a NOAA weather radio which is especially helpful when you are sleeping.  While there are many different models, most have an option to alert you of all weather hazards including blizzard warnings, high wind warnings, flash flood watches and warnings, all severe thunderstorm watches and warnings and tornado watches and warnings.
All NOAA weather radios have a battery back-up in case the power goes out and some can even be programmed to only for the county you live in.
Once your NOAA weather radio goes off, you can turn to Storm Team 4, to give you the latest on any tornado warnings or severe thunderstorm warnings that pop up in southeastern Wisconsin.  You can also use the Interactive Radar to zoom right in to your city and street level to see where the heaviest rain, hail and other severe weather is currently ongoing.