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 .
PLANNING FOR DISASTER:
“Be Aware, Be Prepared, Have a Plan!"
- 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.
- 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.