Should You Pay For Weather Alerts?

Why Some Weather Alerts Are Worth the Money

Severe weather is no laughing matter, which is probably why many consumers rely on weather alerts to keep them apprised of the current weather situation. However, not all weather alerts are created equal and some will cost you more than a buck or two. If you want to get the lowdown on weather alerts and whether or not you should pay for the service, we've got the information you need.

What's The Deal with Weather Alerts?

Would you like to know when severe weather is heading your way? Then weather alerts are a must. As some unfortunate families have found out, you can't always count on the local severe weather sirens to alert you of an incoming disaster. However, weather alerts can notify you when something dark is on the horizon.

Weather Alerts By Phone and Email

Whether or not you pay for your weather alerts will depend on what type of weather alerts you want. If you want to be notified of incoming severe weather via email, then you can find a number of services online that offer free weather alerts.

The problem with these free services is that we aren't online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. What if it's 3:00 in the morning and a tornado is headed your way? Would you hear the siren while you were sleeping in bed? Probably not. That's where phone service weather alerts come into play.

While you may not hear a weather siren at 3:00 in the morning, you can't help but notice a ringing phone. For a fee, certain weather services will call your home phone, your cell phone and other designated phone numbers with severe weather alerts.

The Cost Factor

If you would prefer your weather alerts be called into you, you'll probably pay a bit of a fee for the service. The Weather Channel website offers a service for about $10 a month. They'll call a list of phone numbers that you designate when severe weather is on the way and they'll also send updates via email. It can really be a lifesaver.

The only thing that stands between you and disaster when severe weather strikes is the time needed to prepare yourself and take cover. That's exactly why I advise everyone to subscribe to weather alerts of one type or another.

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