Severe Weather Safety & Awareness

2018 Severe Weather

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Sunday, March 11, 2018 2 SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS • Prepare an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or commercial radio or television for the latest information. • Ensure your NOAA Weather Radio has fresh batteries and is set to the correct frequency to receive a warning for your area. • During a Tornado Watch, stay aware of weather updates. Locate radio, phone, purse/ wallet, blanket and flashlight. • Identify an emergency shelter location in your home. The safest place is the interior part of a basement or storm cellar. If there is no basement, use an inside room on the lowest floor (e.g., center hallway, bathroom, closet). Avoid windows, skylights, or glass doors, which could be broken by strong winds or hail and cause damage or injury. • During a Tornado Warning, go to your safe place: a protected corner of your basement or a ground floor bathroom, hall or closet. Stay away from windows and doors. Cover yourself with blankets or mattresses. • Mobile homes provide absolutely no protection from tornadoes! If you live in a mobile home, plan your escape to a nearby sturdy building. At the first sign of an approaching storm go immediately to this building. • In homes, apartments, or other small buildings, go to the basement or to a small interior room on the lowest floor like a hall or bathroom closet. Use heavy furniture for shelter or cover yourself with a mattress or blanket. • In schools, hospitals, factories, or shopping centers, go to designated shelter areas. Interior halls on the lowest levels are usually the best. Stay away from gymnasiums or auditoriums. Avoid all outside walls and windows. • DO NOT TRY TO OUTRUN A TORNADO IN YOUR CAR! Traffic and the layout of roads may block your escape. You should abandon cars and trucks if a tornado approaches and take shelter in a nearby building. Do not take shelter under a highway overpass. It is best to not put yourself or others in a situation where no sturdy shelter is available. • If outside during a tornado and there is no adequate shelter immediately available: Lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine, or culvert and shield your head with your hands. Avoid areas with many trees. Do not get under any vehicle, no matter what its size. BUILD A KIT Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, or seniors. After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Basic Disaster Supplies Kit To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or TORNADO SAFETY AND AWARENESS

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