Severe Weather: How to Stay Safe
Remember, a WATCH means that conditions are favorable for severe weather to occur. You should WATCH out for storms! A WARNING means the event is happening or expected to occur very soon. You should take action to protect your life and property!
Here's a few safety tips to make sure you and your family stay safe as the storms move through:
BEFORE THE STORMS:
Think about where you will go when storms approach. Know the shelter at home, school or church. Have a plan- know how you will receive warnings. Have multiple ways to receive weather warnings. A great FREE source of weather alerts is our StormTrack 5 Mobile app for iPhone and Android.Notify family and friends who may not know know storms are coming. Bring in any outdoor objects that may blow around during the storms Unplug electrical devices before the storms approach to minimize the damage from any electrical surge Have a flashlight and shoes handy. Charge cell phones and your laptop computer. Put a whistle or other noise making device in your tornado safe spot (often the most interior room or basement). In a worse case scenario when your house is destroyed, you can use this noisemaker to let emergency crews know where you are. If the power goes out, have a backup plan. Watch the live stream on our News 5 app. Be mindful of where you park your car. Don't park under a tree or other object that could fall during storms.Take care of your pets too! Make sure your pets are wearing identification and you know what you will do with them if you have to take shelter. Many pets can become scared during storms and the last thing you want is to have to try and round up Man's Best Friend when a tornado is approaching! Have a leash on hand and some treats.
DURING THE STORMS: Be aware! Not scared! Remain calm and stay informed. Most of the time, even if you're under a warning, only a small area see's the strongest winds or hail. However, you should still treat the storm seriously. If strong winds approach, move to an interior room away from windows. Be alert for falling trees. Try to avoid driving if you can during the heavy rain and wind. Stay off corded telephones, put off taking a shower and remain indoors. Use flashlights, not candles to minimize the risk of fire. Watch our live coverage on air or on our Facebook page.