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Severe Weather Awareness Week

Posted By wynter on Feb 21, 2007 at 3:04PM

It's severe weather awareness week here in Mississippi, so I thought I might actually use my degree for a bit and post some safety tips and guides for severe weather. lol Most of it is common sense, but it's an excuse to actually use my degree. :P

I was reminded when the tornado sirens kept going off at my house earlier today - it's 75 degrees, thunderstorms in the area, and they sound off the sirens for a drill:puzzled: I thought there actually was a storm heading our way since I had no clue what was really going on weather wise! lol They test them about once a week, but they're usually short - today's was long so it scared me.

Being prepared:

-- Know the difference between a weather watch and a weather warning. A watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather. A warning means that severe weather is in the area - get to a safe place NOW - not when it gets there.

--Plan ahead for a safe spot to go. For a tornado, get to a basement. If you do not have one, go to the lowest floor of your house, in an interior room with no windows preferably (such as a closet).

--If you find yourself outside in a thunderstorm, and you feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, squat and put your head between your knees. DO NOT LIE FLAT. This will help protect you from lightning.

--Also, if you're swimming and hear thunder - get out of the water. Lightning can strike from many, many miles away. There's even been reports of people being struck while they were swimming in a partly cloudy area from a thunderstorm was happening a county away.

--If you're driving in a car and see a tornado, find a ditch to seek shelter in & lie flat on the ground covering your head. DO NOT GO UNDER AN OVERPASS FOR SHELTER. These are very dangerous areas. A lot of debris that could harm you in those areas. The people in that video were lucky.

--Keep an emergency kit with non-perishable foods, batteries, flashlights, a weather radio, blankets, money, bottled water, first aid kit, and a supply of any needed medications that is taken regularly by a member of your family in/near your safety area.

--If you only have a severe thunderstorm warning in your area, do not think that a tornado can not form. A tornado can form unexpectedly in any storm.

--If severe weather strikes at night, you can set up many weather radios to alarm when your particular county/parish is involved in severe weather. The alarms are pretty loud - similar to an alarm clock - so they should wake you up so you can go to your safe area.

I've gotta go make dinner for the kiddos now, but there's a few to get started. I don't know much about cold weather since I don't have any experience with it, so I'll save those tips for the experts! lol As for hurricanes, I'm sure those in the areas have the drill down after the last few hurricane seasons. I'll try to remember to post more later if anyone is interested in this.