Thursday, April 28, 2011

Emergency Preparedness Information

I wanted to pass along to all of you some safety information as it relates to some of this severe weather we have been experiencing over the last 24 hours and into today.  Please take a moment to review the below.  Be prepared!
When a tornado warning is issued for your area:
  • Seek shelter in a windowless interior room in the lowest level of the house. Go to the basement, if you have one. Stay away from windows.
  • If you are caught in the open during a tornado, stay low and seek a drainage ditch or other low point on the ground. Culverts under streets and highways may offer effective shelter.
  • If you are in your vehicle during a tornado, get out of the vehicle and seek shelter in drainage ditches or culverts. Do not try to outrun a tornado.
Power Out?  Use battery powered flashlights/lights and NOT Candles!

More Emergency Preparedness Information can be found HERE.

Be safe out there today!


Rocky Lopes said...

Timely post, as always. Great reminders, too. One small clarification -- old language persists -- one should "go to" a safe location, such as a basement or interior bathroom without windows on the lowest floor when a tornado warning has been issued by the National Weather Service.

We've been working hard with the NWS to get rid of the "seek" verb for years, and they pretty much have done that (at least in their broadcasts on NOAA WR). You don't want to be looking for shelter (i.e., "seeking") but actually going there.

This "seek" stuff has been around so long, it probably predates Marconi and the radio. :-)

Be safe!

billd said...

As always, a great catch and thanks Rocky! Will need to make the right folks aware this needs to change on our web site.