13 News is leading the industry with a service that makes sure everyone can get that critical information in a severe weather situation.
"During a severe weather situation, people's lives are actually in danger, so we try to pass that information on to the viewers as quickly as we possibly can," says WIBW-TV chief meteorologist, Jeremy Goodwin.
That's why WIBW, working with Lawrence-based Caption Solutions, provides live captioning for anyone who can't hear the severe weather updates. "It's important that all viewers have access to information presented, especially news and breaking weather," says Kala Patterson, president of Caption Solutions. Since January of this year, WIBW has aired two dozen hours of live captioned severe weather coverage. It's something few other stations in the nation are doing.
"We have been on the air with WIBW many hours this winter and spring with weather coverage and if there is a tornado in the area, and they can't hear well, then they're not getting that information you're presenting in your newscast," Patterson says. "Now we have the capacity to have every word we say, as the situation's changing, to be scrolled across the bottom of the screen for people who need it," says Goodwin of the service.
Not only does WIBW-TV work with Caption Solutions for severe weather, but also for other important information, like Friday's live broadcast of the supreme court school finance ruling.