Keeping Safe In Severe Weather

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email


Storms are expected to continue to roll through the Wiregrass.

There are some things you can do to be prepared and safe as possible.

These tips come from the NOAA National Weather Service:

Lightening:
Avoid standing in an open or high area.
Avoid standing near tall objects, or objects that may attract lightning.
Avoid standing near objects, like chain link fences or grandstands, that may be struck and carry a charge quite a distance.

Severe thunderstorm:
Move to a sturdy building.
Stay away from windows.
If boating or fishing, move to shore.

Flash floods:
Move to high ground. Avoid flash flood prone areas.
Never drive into flood waters.
Obey all road closure or high water signs - find an alternative route if needed.
Be especially cautious at night when it is more difficult to spot flash flooding.

Tornado:

Move to a sturdy building. Shelters are safer than mobile homes.
Stay away from windows.
Move to a basement and get under something sturdy.
If you have no basement, move to the lowest level and get in an interior room, like a bathroom or closet.
Put as many walls between you and the storm as possible.

For more information, including descriptions of each severe weather storm category, click on:

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/apx/?n=severepreparedness


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