As severe weather continues to sweep across the region, it is important to
know how to stay safe from any potential hazards that may be caused by these
natural occurrences. School may be out, but here’s a lesson in storm safety!
It first is important to know the difference between a severe thunderstorm watch and a severe thunderstorm warning. A watch indicates the possibility of severe
weather; However, a warning will indicate that severe weather has already been
reported. This is where you should take precation against imminent dangers.
Preceding severe weather, the Red Cross advises that you discuss storm safety
with all members of your household and choose a safe hiding place in case of
a weather emergency. This safe place should be avoiding windows and glass
doors that could potentially be shattered by strong winds or hail.
As long as you’re protecting yourself on the inside, you should also arrange
care for the outside of your home. Make a list of items that should be bought insideand make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed
and removing damaged branches.
As you’re cruising along jamming to WHUR, car safety is very important as well.
Be sure to listen to local weather updates and watch for signs of darkening skies, increased wind, and lightening. If dangerous weather persists, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends.
And lastly, for all those outsiders enjoying the activities of summer, try to postpone those outdoor activities if storms are likely to occur; however, if you happen to already be out in the elements and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground, water, tall isolated trees, and metals objects such as bleachers and fences.
Most importantly, be SMART, and be SAFE! For more information on thunderstorm safety and other natural disasters, visit http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/thunderstorm.