Great Job Everyone

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I cannot recall a severe weather event in the nearly 25 years of doing weather at WBKO when I’ve ever been more proud of the active role everyone took to prepare for what very well could have happened.

As many of you know, only miles up the road…in northern and central Kentucky…there were fatalities from yesterday’s tornado outbreak.  As I write this blog post, preliminary reports from the National Weather Service say there are 14 dead from the dozen or more twisters that hit the Commonwealth.

Yes, it was that close.

While we, the First Alert Storm Team are humbled by the thoughts of gratitude you gave us for our severe weather coverage yesterday, we are so proud of you for taking the threat seriously and coming up with a preparedness plan.

You could have brushed it off.  You could have ignored it all as hype.  But you didn’t.  Literally thousands of NOAA weather radios moved from sitting quietly on the store shelves to roaring loudly in your homes.  You networked with friends and family in social media and helped direct people to locations where shelters were set up.  You took advantage of our Severe Weather Toolkit and downloaded our apps, maps and radars to your devices.  You gave your kids bicycle helmets and told them why they might need them for more than just riding down the street.

And maybe the national news networks and reports of storm chasers coming to Kentucky got your attention.  Hey, we don’t care about that…we’re just glad you listened and realized the potential for something dangerous to happen in our area was a valid one.

There have been so many times we’ve “dodged the bullet”, was “saved by the grace of God”…however you want to define it.  But yesterday was as close as we’ve come in a long time to being part of an utter catastrophe.  Others in Kentucky weren’t spared and our thoughts and prayers go out to those suffering loss.  I can tell you this with a great amount of certainty…there will be a day.  There will be another time and it will be our time.  It has happened before (1971, 1974, 1985, 2004, 2008 just to name a few) when tornadoes have ripped across our area and took from us the lives of those we loved and cared for.

Severe storms are a part of life.  They don’t quite fit so well in our modern touch-control age when we think everything should happen at the push of a button.

Wouldn’t it be great if there were an app for that?  An app that would instantly control the weather and steer tornadoes out of your way…or dissipate them altogether.

We are so blessed at WBKO to have weather technology that is second to none.  With that comes a huge responsibility.  It is days like Wednesday and again yesterday that we train for but really hope never happen.  The reality is, we know it will at some point.

Finally, we are blessed to have all of you as viewers.  Whether you realize it or not, you were engaged in the process of saving lives.  From the hundreds of pictures and reports you posted to watching the streaming live coverage and sharing it with friends, it all helped someone out there realize…this was real.

Now, you are much better prepared for next time.

Thank you for your trust in us.

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8 thoughts on “Great Job Everyone

    Janet Novielli said:
    March 4, 2012 at 9:58 am

    We are very thankful for all those who spent their time and energy
    to inform and alert us. Chris…I do believe your faith inspires others to cry out to God and to pray for those in the path of these stroms. Thank you!

    KATELYNN said:
    March 4, 2012 at 8:53 am

    no thank u chris for helping us be upadated even though barely anything hapend n mtown u still did a great gob to ! :)

    Emma Jo Rust said:
    March 4, 2012 at 6:41 am

    I want to thank you and the rest of WBKO for the way you keep us informed about the weather. I have a weather radio,but it calms me to see you all in my home.And also for your updates every day! Thanks, Emma of Russellville.

    Kristy Keene said:
    March 3, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    I really appreciate you guys at wbko. We had hail bigger then I have ever seen here in Columbia. I am thankful it wasn’t any worse but I was prepared for it to be. Thanks so much for keeping us informed. Thoughts and Prayers go to those to the north and east of us that wasn’t so lucky.

    Janett Corry said:
    March 3, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    The Thank You….belongs to you and your team….Your voice blaring while I sit huddled in the bathtub with a mattress on top of me and praying to keep all of us safe. So,the thank you belongs to you. ?We appreciate it.

    Barbara Moore said:
    March 3, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    +Chris,even though you were suppose to be on vacation, you’ve done it again. We are the most informed area I know.And I’ve lived in a lot of places.Thank you so much. WBKO & all of the viewers are lucky t have you.

    Carola Strolger said:
    March 3, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Thank You for keeping us posted with all news…. and yes, You are right… I think a lot of people took this serious and obey the warnings… This was my first time that I took it very seriously too but there was peace on my mind…. I know a lot of people specially @ my work thought that I was crazy… I got some rude cooments on my facebook and twitter too because I kept posting news regarding the weather but I feel good to had done!!! We were too close this time to messed up and I’m glad that I took action :)

    Tabatha Caudill said:
    March 3, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I want to thank you and your team (stephanie and shane) for doing so well with severe coverage. I am totally terrified of storms and I definitely was prepared with my emergency bag. I actually had purchased a storm shelter, it was suppose to be put in friday but was postponed until today because of the weather. I always take you all seriously whether it really happens or not. You are just looking out for our safety and letting us know what the possibilities are of things happening (not promising it). I dont know how I would be able to hang in there without you guys. I am so thankful that we did dodge the bullet and so hurt that others didnt. I really hope I never have to experience what some of these people do with these storms. But I now feel a little better than I did before now that I have a shelter. Again thank you all so much and GOD bless all of you!!!!

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