Weather is one of my biggest concerns about living in an Rv. You're in an area that you are not familiar with, you don't know the weather patterns, or when they normally have severe weather. You also may be in "vacation" mode and be enjoying your travels so much that you let your guard down. You are much more vulnerable while traveling than when you are at home, in my opinion.
The people in Arkansas were enjoying a wonderful camping trip when seemingly without notice sudden heavy rains caused the flash flooding of the rivers. Tents, Trailers and Motorhomes all washed down the river. One body was found 8 miles down stream. I believe 18 people, many small children are confirmed dead and dozens more are missing.
It happened in the middle of the night when everyone was asleep. The rivers rose several feet in minutes.
How could this have been prevented?
What would you have done?
Would you have gotten any warnings ahead of time to move to higher ground?
Would you have known where to go in the middle of the night?
A weather radio may have saved some lives.
I heard on the news that a "flash flood" warning was issued before the flood, but since people were sleeping they didn't know about it.
With a weather radio, it sounds a very loud alert to warn you before the event. You would not sleep through it...I guarantee it. Those people in Arkansas would have had some warning and it may have saved lives.
How many people take a weather radio camping, or tent camping? Not many I would imagine, but I think they should. We take ours with us when we travel and bring it back to the house when we come home.
This is the type of weather radio we have. It's an Oregon Scientific. It's portable and uses either electricity or 2 double A batteries. That's nice because if it's storming, you frequently won't have electricity. One night we spent an hour in a campground bath house because of a tornado warning. We had the battery operated weather radio with us and knew when the danger had passed.
They can be annoying because they will tell you there is a severe thunderstorm...usually I've figured that out by that time:)
The main issue I see for travelers is that you have to get a "code" for the area you are in. You get it on the internet or you can call an 800 number. You then key this location code into the radio so that it knows the area you are located. I wish it had some type of GPS locater to know where you were at automatically.
If you don't have a weather radio, I urge everyone to get one. You can find them at Home Depot and Lowe's during hurricane season down here. The cost is minimal for peace of mind and to potentially save your life. I have no doubt it would have made a difference in Arkansas. They sell them at Sam's Club, and I think Ive even seen them at drug stores. Of course you can always get them online. I would never buy another one from Radio Shack though. We had 5-6 of them and they all failed!