So far this week we have talked about preparedness tips, ways to receive the watch and warning, the differences of a watch versus warning and now we need to talk about what to do during severe weather. Your actions during a storm could save your life or the life of someone dear to you.
Postpone or cancel outdoor activities and monitor weather reports on radio, television websites and social media.
For lightning, shelter inside a building or hardtop vehicle, but do not touch the metal inside.
Do NOT go near isolated tall trees or any other tall objects, or near downed power lines.
Do NOT stop at underpasses. Wind speeds increase and can cause serious injuries.
If tornados are expected while in a vehicle, get out and take shelter in a strong building if possible.
During tornado warnings, mobile home residents need to evacuate immediately. Shelter in a
building with a strong foundation.
If caught out in the middle of a body of water, return to shore as soon as possible.
Basements, inner rooms and storm cellars provide the best protection during a thunderstorm or
tornado. Stay in the center of the room, away from doors and windows.
If you need to evacuate due to the storm, here are some evacuation tips to remember.
If flooding is possible, evacuate the house and get to higher ground. Know the area and make sure to know alternate escape routes in case one is blocked.
Take pets, however, shelters may NOT allow pets inside due to sanitary conditions, so plan
Do NOT try to drive through water. As little as a few inches of moving water can wash most cars
away with the current.
Do NOT try to cross moving water on foot. As little as a few inches can knock adults off their feet.
During the storm, these are helpful tips which should help everyone stay safe and “weather the storm”