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Posted: 03/25/21 06:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I always carry a battery operated weather radio, but I don't bother setting the county. If the radio alerts, I look at the radar on my phone and decide if I need to check further or not.

I am not saying that is the best, and it is definitely not for everyone, but it works for me.


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Reader1 wrote:

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Also, know what county you are in. Many areas, if not most, post warnings by county.


That is the best advice! We have been in areas where we do not know the county and there are weather watches, never warnings so far.


However....don't rely on technology alone. You could be an area with spotty (or no) service when you arrive, never mind if a storm is approaching.

Carry a good old fashioned map book. I've always had a Rand McNally map book of the USA in my tow vehicle as a backup. It will show the counties and their borders. Also, train yourself to be an observer. Most counties do have border marker signs when you're entering a new county, some will also have a "leaving" sign on their side of the "enter" sign of the other county.


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Posted: 03/25/21 06:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm I missing something here? I receive weather alerts on my phone which uses GPS to track what area I'm in.

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If you have a Rand Mcnally road atlas the county's are on the maps. The one in front of me they are a bold print.


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colliehauler wrote:

I'm I missing something here? I receive weather alerts on my phone which uses GPS to track what area I'm in.


You'll only get the weather alerts on your phone if you have a signal. Many remote campgrounds (NF, COE, dispersed sites, and even some NP) don't have good, or sometimes any, cellular reception, but will still be able to receive weather alerts by radio broadcasts. It's good to have both.


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colliehauler wrote:

I'm I missing something here? I receive weather alerts on my phone which uses GPS to track what area I'm in.


so do we but what happens when you're in a 'no service' area?


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The low/no service issue is important and there are campgrounds where this is a problem. We have a weather radio that also can be cranked to keep us up to date and that helps.

Where there’s a good cell service signal you can also track storms using the interactive VIPIR radar of local television stations. Make sure your smart phone has its location turned on so you can see where you are on the VIPIR map.


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On most of the campground brochures (if they have one), they will include emergency information and many times that includes the county name and the emergency radio stations.

Not all campgrounds provide brochures, but if they do, check for this info.

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Thom02099 wrote:

Reader1 wrote:

Crowe wrote:

Also, know what county you are in. Many areas, if not most, post warnings by county.


That is the best advice! We have been in areas where we do not know the county and there are weather watches, never warnings so far.


However....don't rely on technology alone. You could be an area with spotty (or no) service when you arrive, never mind if a storm is approaching.

Carry a good old fashioned map book. I've always had a Rand McNally map book of the USA in my tow vehicle as a backup. It will show the counties and their borders. Also, train yourself to be an observer. Most counties do have border marker signs when you're entering a new county, some will also have a "leaving" sign on their side of the "enter" sign of the other county.


Good advice. We are all too dependent upon technology and forget the good "old fashioned" ways. I should have remembered that-for our honeymoon in May, 1984 we packed up all of our camping gear (yes, camping on my honeymoon, in a tent!) and drove from MA to SD, CO and WY. We hit multiple tornado advisories and one warning. If it wasn't for the map book we would not know what county we were in.


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rk911 wrote:

colliehauler wrote:

I'm I missing something here? I receive weather alerts on my phone which uses GPS to track what area I'm in.


so do we but what happens when you're in a 'no service' area?
Very seldom do I not have cell service at a camoground. Before I travel I check the weather to the area I plan on going. I do not travel if sever weather is forecasted. I also have two weather radios that are seldom used. I try not to put myself in a bad situation but understand sometimes it's unavoidable.

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