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Posted January 20, 2017 | 8:41 AM

Severe Weather Preparedness Tips

Severe Weather Awareness Week is January 23 - January 27

Here are some tips to help you prepare for a wide variety of severe weather conditions.

Lightning

  • If you hear thunder, go indoors
  • Stay inside for at least 30 minutes after thunder stops
  • If you are outside in a storm, do not use trees for cover

Marine Hazards and Rip Currents

  • Don’t panic
  • Never swim again the current. Stay calm afloat and signal for help
  • To escape the current, swim parallel to the shoreline
  • When out of the current, swim at an angle toward the shore

Tornado and Thunderstorm

  • Have a family emergency plan that includes where to go, if a tornado threatens
  • During a tornado, go to an interior room without windows on the lowest floor of the building
  • Never stay in an automobile

Hurricanes and Flooding

  • Have a family emergency plan that includes an evacuation plan for your family
  • If a flood occurs, move to higher ground immediately
  • Do not drive on or into a flooded roadway. Turn around; don’t drown

Temperature Extremes and Wildfires

  • Have a family emergency plan that includes an evacuation plan for your family
  • Mitigate your home, including removal of pine needles and dry leaves within 5 feet of your house
  • Report a fire to the appropriate officials immediately