Being prepared before, and knowing what to do after the storm hits are critical to the safety of those who experience severe weather.

Preparing For The Storm

  • Practice your emergency escape plan; know two ways out of each room of the house.
  • Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio.
  • Charge cell phones, or other battery-operated devices that can keep you aware of severe weather.
  • Remember that a warning means that severe weather has been reported in the area, while a watch means that conditions are favorable. 

During The Storm

  • Keep the NOAA radio on. If you do not have one, stay tuned to local television or radio news.
  • If you hear the severe weather sirens, head to the basement or a room on the lowest level of the house with no windows immediately. “Most injuries are caused by flying debris, so do whatever possible to find cover,” says Mason.
  • If you see a green colored sky, large hail, a large, dark, low-lying cloud or hear a loud roar that sounds like a freight train take cover immediately.

After the Storm

  • Avoid downed power lines, and items touching these lines.
  • Do not move seriously injured people unless they are in immediate danger of further injury.
  • Be cautious of exposed nails and broken glass.
  • If it is dark do not use candles or any open flames, use a flashlight.
  • Call 911 immediately if anyone is injured, you see frayed wiring or sparks, the odor of something burning, or a gas odor.

Additional Resources

National Weather Service

NOAA