Severe weather safety tips

What to do before, during and after a storm

When severe weather strikes, it's important to have a plan in place to keep yourself and your family safe.

Here are some safety tips for severe weather circumstances provided by the National Weather Service:

  1. Before a storm, develop a disaster plan and put together a disaster kit. For planning tips or supplies, visit the American Red Cross.
  2. Take shelter inside a sturdy building on the lowest level, preferably in a basement. If that's not available, move to an interior room or hallway. Stay away from windows.
  3. Get under a heavy desk or workbench. or sit next to the wall and cover your head with your arms/hands.
  4. Make sure to have enough food and water to last for a few days for both people and pets.

If you're caught outside during a storm:

  1.  Lie flat on the ground and cover your head with your hands. Do not lie in a ditch, as debris are likely to settle in those spots and ditches may flood.
  2. Be aware of flying debris.
  3. Do not seek shelter under a highway overpass. Winds blow stronger under overpasses due to wind-tunnel effect. 

What about after a storm?

  1. Stay informed. More severe weather could be on the way.
  2. Contact family and loved ones to let them know you're safe.
  3. After you're sure the weather has passed, asses the damage wearing long-sleeves and pants, as well as sturdy shoes. Contact local authorities if you see downed power lines and do not approach them.

For more information on severe thunderstorms, how to prepare, and what to do after one strikes, click here.

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