Spring storm season is upon us and storms with straight line winds, hail and lightening can be extremely dangerous and damaging. Here are a few tips to make this time of year a little safer.
A WARNING means severe weather has been reported or detected by RADAR. Seek shelter immediately and stay tuned to weather reports.
Do not call 911 to ask "What Happened" Remember that 911 is for (injured) people needing assistance in an actual emergency-tune into the radio instead to get up to date information.
Source: Excerpted from LG$E Power Source April 2008 flyer and my own experiences and common sense.
By Diana from Prospect, KY
We had a tornado in January in SE Wisconsin this year. No one was killed, thank goodness, but several homes were totally destroyed and it made people much more aware of severe weather.
Don't forget important papers - deeds, insurance papers, medical records and prescriptions, bank and credit card statements, mortgage papers, name/address/phone number book, treasured photos, etc. Make photocopies and keep them in a second safe place.
Good tips for storm season. I don't live in the US anymore, but I always found a NOAA weather radio to be a good thing to have. Many models feature alarms that can alert your family if severe weather is approaching in the middle of the night. A portable police scanner is also a good way to pick up on what's going on in your area during a storm. The police and state troopers will broadcast to each other storm movements, downed trees, traffic signal failures, etc.
We also keep the kind of lights that you touch (battery operated) which are more safe incase there is a gas leak. keep one next to the bed an also one where you are going for saftey.
In addition to all the previous tips listed, if you have time,
unplug your computer, printer etc. Also appliances. They can easily be damages when the electricity comes back on. If lightening strikes your house it can fry your appliances.
All listed is very good, excellent. We should remember to ready for an diaster, even an earthquake, it happen at any time or anywhere. Also keep in mind the safety factor when you are out canoeing or camping, be sure to get the details on what to do & not to do in those situations. I have all of this information, but it would take an awful lot of space to put it all in.
Thank you for these handy tips during a thunderstorm.
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