Before I went on the "Storm Safari" our News Director told me to come back with 2 stories. I knew what the first one would be. I thought the 2nd story would present itself once I got there and I was right. While interviewing chasers for the 1st story, they all said I needed to talk to Steve. Steve is legally blind and storm chases. It hit me, that's my 2nd story!
Prior to the chase I agreed to speak at the 1st Lutheran Church in downtown Little Rock on the Tuesday night after the trip. There's a group of legally blind people who meet regularly and they wanted me to talk about the weather. Coincidence?
Once I met Steve, I not only had a 2nd story, but I had a topic of conversation at the meeting Tuesday night.
After about 20 minutes of talking I opened it up to questions. One lady politely asked if If I would clarify something for her when we cover severe weather. When tornado watches are issued, I usually put a map up and say "the green shaded counties are under the tornado watch". Well, if you're blind, which counties specifically? In TV, time will not allow for me to run down a list of counties, but I promised I would specifically mention regions of the state under the watch and would be as specific as possible.
We take so much for granted and it made me think about those who are either blind, deaf, etc. Each person should have the information regardless of their impairment. It really opened my eyes to better my forecast and severe weather coverage.
I wanted to blog about this and open it up to YOUR comments and suggestions regarding the issue. THANKS!
|My interview with Steve in Wichita, Kansas.|