Severe Weather

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Keep an ear out for Severe Weather.  Local forecasts are more available than ever, and you can use them for more than just planning how to dress!

  • When you hear special weather information, as opposed to just a forecast, know what you’re hearing.  What’s the difference between a WATCH and a WARNING?
  • WATCH: conditions are right for the development of the type of weather stated in the advisory.
  • WARNING: the type of weather stated in the advisory is imminent in your area.
  • Even if it’s not in your back yard, act as if it is. The most sophisticated radars can’t pinpoint a specific street for a weather event.  The state of the art today is that radar “sees” an area two to three miles wide.
  • Take events like Severe Weather Awareness week seriously.  It’s a great learning opportunity, and what you learn could save your life!
  • Get involved with this event – get a speaker for your church, school or other group from the National Weather Service, your local emergency management agency or local Red Cross chapter.
  • Put together an emergency kit and work up a disaster plan.  Your local Red Cross chapter and/or emergency management agency can help.
  • Emergency kits can be purchased, already put together, from the American Red Cross.
  • No disaster plan can fit all home and businesses; research your specific needs through libraries, the Internet and your local emergency management agency and then create your own.
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