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  • Writer's pictureBurton Kelso, Tech Expert

How to Stay Safe in Severe Weather After You Dump Your Cable Service

We cut the cord several years ago to cut down on our cable bill. We don't watch much local programming, which really isn't a problem until severe weather is in our area. We've experienced a lot of severe weather in the past few years which includes thunderstorms, tornadoes, and, hurricanes. If you have dumped cable to take advantage of streaming services, you might think you will get alerted in the event of a storm, but even a small storm could knock out your Internet, your power and leave you with spotty cellular service, that can make storm alerts arrive to you when it's too late. What do you need to do to keep you and your family safe? I have some simple tips that all cord cutters need use to stay safe.

1. Get a Digital Antenna. Digital Antennas equal free TV. Your local channels such as PBS, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox were meant to be free. Think about it? How many times has a storm knocked out your cable or satellite service? With an antenna, you can keep safe if your internet service goes out. Your local channels will still be able to get you the information you need to keep your home and family safe in the event of an emergency. When you get a digital antenna, make sure you re-scan for channels occasionally which will help you stay on top of emergency updates.