Prepared: For All Weather

Here are some tips to help you weather the storm.

IMG_7812Thunderstorm:

  • Be prepared and stay tuned to local media to stay aware of changing weather conditions.
  • Check weather forecast before leaving home.
  • Purchase a NOAA weather radio to keep you informed with 24/7 updates from the National Weather Service.
  • Secure lawn furniture, trash cans and more prior to the storm if possible.
  • Remove diseased and damaged tree limbs prior to bad weather.
  • Take action and postpone outdoor activities if severe weather or lightning are imminent.
  • Should a thunderstorm pop up unexpected, find safe shelter away from windows.
  • Stay off the telephone and do not take a bath or shower.
  • Stay informed and be aware of the meaning of local watches and warnings.
  • According to the National Weather Service (NWS) a Severe Thunderstorm Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued when either a severe thunderstorm is indicated by radar or a spotter reports a thunderstorm producing hail one-inch or larger in diameter and/or winds equal or exceeding 58 miles and hour. Those in affected area(s) should seek shelter immediately. Severe weather can produce tornadoes with little or no warning.

Lightning:

  • Remember, lightning is always seeking the quickest path to the ground and that may be through you!
  • Find safe shelter in a sturdy building and stay away from windows.
  • Stay away from trees and tall structures like flag poles.
  • Discontinue use of phones and do not take a shower or bath.
  • Take Action and get out of the boat, find shelter and immediately put away fishing rods.
  • If you are outside with lightning and feel a tingle, vibration or your hair stand on end, immediately drop to your knees or to the ground and try to get as low as possible.

Tornado:

  • Be prepared and stay tuned to local media to stay aware of changing weather conditions.
  • Stay informed and be aware of the meaning of local watches and warnings.
  • Purchase a NOAA weather radio to keep you informed with 24/7 updates from the National Weather Service.
  • According to the NWS, a Tornado Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area. A Tornado Warning is issued when a tornado is indicated by radar or sighted by spotters. People in affected areas should seek shelter immediately. Tornadoes sizes can vary depending on weather situation.
  • Find safe shelter in a sturdy building and stay away from windows. Do not wait until you see a tornado to evacuate or protect yourself.
  • If you live in a mobile home, evacuate immediately if possible and pick a nearby shelter.
  • Know your community’s warning system for tornadoes.

Flood:

  • Be prepared by knowing your area’s flood risk.
  • Stay informed to local media for changing weather conditions, especially during rains that have lasted for several hours or even days. Watch for rising water levels.
  • Purchase a NOAA weather radio to keep you informed with 24/7 updates from the National Weather Service.
  • Be aware of local watches and warnings and their meanings.
  • According to the NWS, a Flash Flood Watch is issued to indicate current or developing conditions that are favorable for flash flooding in and close to the watch area, but the occurrence is neither certain or imminent. A Flash Flood Warning is issued to inform the public, emergency management and other cooperating agencies that flash flooding is in progress, imminent or highly likely.
  • Take action, watch for rising water levels and evacuate immediately and before water crosses the road.
  • Turn Around and Don’t Drown. Never drive across roads covered by water.
  • Keep children out of flooded areas and high flood waters.
  • Be especially cautious when driving at night.

Winter Storm:

  • Be prepared and stay tuned to local media to stay aware projected weather forecast and changing weather conditions.
  • Take action and stock up on non-perishables, blankets, flashlights, batteries and other supplies.
  • Keep blankets, your car cell phone charger and some supplies in your vehicle in the event your vehicle stalls during cold weather.
  • Winterize your vehicle and keep the tank full of gas.
  • Keep your cell phone fully charged.
  • Remember to open fireplace dampers if using the fireplace.
  • If using a camp stove or generator, always use outdoors in a well-ventilated area. Please follow manufacturer’s instructions when using a generator and always connect appliances directly to generator and do not connect the generator to your home. You can hire a licensed electrician to connect a full-house generator if you choose to do so.
  • Avoid opening your refrigerator or freezer as little as possible to keep food cold and safe.
  • Turn off major appliances that were on when the power outage occurred. Leave a table lamp on so you will know when the power is turned back on at your home.
  • Use caution when walking outdoors if conditions are icy.

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