Severe weather preparedness

Severe weather preparedness

Along with warmer temperatures, beautiful flowers and longer days, spring can also bring volatile storms with tornadoes, heavy rains, high winds, floods and lightning. To be fully prepared for the severe weather it’s important to understand how dangerous these storms can be.

According to the Weather Channel, between April 24-27, 2016, almost 700 severe thunderstorms, including at least a dozen tornadoes, were reported across the central U.S. Georgia has had its share of storms, too. The CDC says the risk of injury and death increases significantly when severe weather hits. Here are some ways to prepare for severe spring storms.

Be familiar with government alerts.
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government agencies (e.g., FEMA, FCC and National Weather Service) through your mobile carrier. When extreme weather is expected in your area, the National Weather Service will send an alert to your phone with an advised action.

Keep an emergency preparedness kit on hand.

  • Battery-operated flashlights, NOAA Weather Radio, extra batteries
  • A first-aid kit
  • A list of important personal information
  • A three- to five-day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Power banks to charge mobile phone

Know what to do when severe weather hits.

  • If you come across downed power lines, call 911. Never touch or get near downed lines or objects that could be in contact with those lines.
  • Stay indoors. No place outside is safe when it is lightning.
  • Don’t touch electric equipment or electronics plugged into the wall, like phones.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.

Practice emergency plans and implement a communications plan for you and your loved ones. Planning and preparing your family members for the possibility of inclement weather beforehand is one of the best ways to keep them safe.

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