Severe Weather Safety Information


With unpredictable severe weather conditions always in the forecast, please use caution when encountering downed power lines

A Watch means inclement weather conditions / hazardous incident may occur in your area.  Monitor weather conditions / hazardous incident closely.

A Warning means inclement weather conditions / hazardous incident is occurring or is imminent.  Seek shelter immediately!

Get notified about inclement weather by phone or email!

Learn how to protect yourself during various disasters.  Click here .

“Be Aware, Be Prepared, Have a Plan!"

Be Aware:

  • Know in advance your weather forecasts;
  • Own an "All Hazard Weather Radio? with battery backup;
  • Stay tuned to your local broadcasting stations;
  • Discuss conditions with family member and know their location during times of known potentially threatening conditions.

Be Prepared:

  • Discuss your plan with family members and neighbors;
  • Review your plan periodically for necessary updates;
  • Refresh you emergency kit(s);
  • Drill: practice your plan with household members
  • If you own a generator, read and familiarize yourself with the owner?s safety manual before ever attempting to use it.

Have a plan:

  • Utilities: Written instructions for how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn them back on);
  • Shelter: Identify safe locations within your residence and long-term shelters within you community;
  • Contacts: Written contact information should include; relatives, neighbors, utility companies, employers (employees) and local emergency contact telephone numbers. Advise a contact (even an out of state contact is advised) of your plan;
  • Evacuate: Predetermine evacuation routes. Identify where you could go if told to evacuate. Choose several places . . ., a friend or relative's home in another town, a motel, or local shelter;
  • Children: Make backup plans for children in case you (or they) can?t get home in an emergency;
  • Vehicles: Maintain a half tank of fuel in vehicles. Move vehicles from under trees during possible wind events. Keep an “Emergency Go Kit” in the vehicle;
  • Medications: Prepare a list of all prescription drugs.

Make a Kit:

  • First aid kit and essential medications; extra eyeglasses;
  • Canned food and can opener;
  • At least three gallons of water per person;
  • Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags;
  • Battery-powered (or crank) radio, flashlight, and extra batteries;
  • Waterproof matches and candles;
  • Local phone book;
  • Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members;
  • Extra set of car keys.