Severe Weather Safety Tips
How to protect yourself during a storm
August 1, 2012
According to the American Red Cross, lightning, which is present in every thunderstorm, kills more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes. Their motto: If thunder roars, go indoors! Lucky for you, the cabin shelves are already prepped for unplugged fun (checkers, anyone?) that you can enjoy while you’re tucked safely inside.
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Just be sure to keep these other severe-weather tips from the American Red Cross in mind when the sky starts to look that surreal tinge of green.
- During any storm, listen to local news or an NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about watches and warnings.
- Know your community’s warning system.
- Avoid electrical equipment and telephones. Use battery-powered TVs and radios instead.
- Do not shower or use plumbing.
- Watch for tornado signs: Dark, often greenish clouds; a wall cloud or funnel cloud; a cloud of debris; large hail; roaring noise.
- Pick a safe room in your cabin where household members and pets may gather during a tornado. This should be a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
- Prepare for high winds by removing diseased and damaged limbs from trees.
- Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind and become a projectile.
- Shutter windows and close outside doors securely. Keep away from windows.
- Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes or other severe winds. If you have access to a sturdy shelter or a vehicle, abandon your mobile home immediately.
- When a flood or flash flood warning is issued, head for higher ground and stay there.
- Stay away from floodwaters. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet. Most cars can be swept away by less than 2 feet of moving water.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.
- Get trained in first aid and learn how to respond to emergencies.