Severe weather precautions and safety tips

Saige Heyer

This time of the year, severe storms are popping up left and right. It is always a good idea to be prepared at all times. Here is some information about being prepared and staying safe during severe weather:

Disaster Kit Items

• Weather radio

• First aid kit

• Bottled water

• Non-perishable food

• Paper towels

• Towels

• Blankets

• Extra clothes and shoes

• Flashlights

• Batteries

Tornado Safety Precautions:

• Understand your area’s emergency sirens.

• Make an exit plan in case of severe weather.

• Make sure all mobile devices are completely charged.

• Choose someone to be your contact person if you’re separated from family and friends to let them know you’re alright.

During the storm – Indoors:

• Seek shelter on the lowest level of the building or in the most interior room or closet. Do not use elevators to get there.

• Keep your disaster kit with you.

• Cover your face, head and neck with a blanket or jacket to protect from debris.

• Stay inside until the coast is clear and don’t try to leave to “escape” the storm.

• If in a mobile home, leave and seek shelter as soon and quickly as possible.

During the storm – Outdoors:

• Get inside as quickly as possible.

• Avoid buildings with long roof spans because they usually don’t have interior support.

• If you can’t get inside, find a ditch or other low-lying area, lay flat and cover your face, head and neck.

• If in a car, safely drive away from the storm if possible and avoid bridges and overpasses.

Thunderstorm, Lightning and Hail Safety

• Close windows, exterior doors, blinds, shades and curtains.

• Stay away from windows and doors. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to move to the basement or an interior room.

• Avoid all plumbing and bathroom fixtures since they conduct electricity.

• Unplug all electronic appliances and turn off air conditioners.

• Keep your disaster kit with you.