(WSIL)---Severe weather can be deadly, so it's important to be prepared to get shelter.
But most people have a tendency to wait until sirens can be heard, which may not be the most reliable source.
"The sirens that are located outdoors are intended for outdoor warning. A lot of people get that confused and they rely on that for their primary means of warning. That's not what we want to see. We want people to use the NOAA all hazards radios in their homes as well as the alerts they can get on their smart phones," said Director of Emergency Management in Franklin County, Ryan Buckingham.
Getting alerts could mean the difference between safety and disaster, especially if severe weather happens at night.
"Obviously warnings are issued to preserve life and make sure we stay safe. One of the biggest concerns we have is warnings happen at nighttime when people are sleeping. So making sure that you're always weather aware of what's going, getting that warning, or looking at those conditions changing, getting immediate cover, helps preserve life," said Buckingham.
So to be safe, make sure that you have more than one way of receiving an alert.
"The most important thing is that you have multiple ways to receive warning. That way you have some redundancy. Whether that be your smart phone, an all hazards radio, an internal broadcast system, maybe in your business, as well as those outdoor warning sirens, it all comes together to make sure you can be as informed as possible so you can take shelter as soon as a warning is issued," said Buckingham.