Prepare for severe weather

With warm weather’s return, it’s time to think about what you’d do in a tornado or dangerous thunderstorm. Knowing what to do and making a few simple preparations can help protect you and your family if severe weather strikes.

Worksite preparedness

To ensure City employees can practice what to do during severe weather, safety drills will be held with alarms at City facilities at 1:45 p.m., Thursday, April 24. Each worksite has an individual assigned to monitor the drill and make sure everyone knows where to seek shelter.

Home and personal preparedness

As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week April 21-25, outdoor sirens will sound again April 24 at 6:55 p.m. to allow families and second-shift workers to practice their severe weather responses. Please take a few minutes that evening to talk with members of your household about where you’d take shelter.

To ensure you’d learn about an imminent weather danger, consider subscribing to an electronic weather alert service that sends you a notice via email or text message. Learn about options for wireless emergency alerts and smartphone apps.

This is also an excellent time to create your own home emergency kit. Here are some items you should consider placing in a bag or box in your basement or home shelter site:

·         Bottled water

·         Non-perishable snacks and ready-to-eat food

·         Battery-powered radio

·         Extra batteries

·         Flashlight

·         First aid kit

·         Cards, games, books or other non-electronic items to help you pass the time

·         List of key phone numbers (insurance agent, doctor, etc.)

·         A photocopy of your driver’s license or state ID card.

What to do if severe weather is approaching:

·         Turn to your local TV, radio or weather channel for alerts and warnings.  

·         Listen for sirens that would be activated in case of imminent danger.

·         If a warning has been issued or you hear weather sirens, take shelter. (In an office building, go to the designated shelter or a central area away from windows. Do not use elevators.) At home, go to the basement or an inner stairwell.

·         Stay in your location until the all-clear signal has been issued.

Learn more about Severe Weather Awareness Week

·         Alerts and warnings

·         Severe weather, lightning and hail

·         Floods

·         Tornadoes

·         Extreme heat


Published Apr 15, 2014