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Severe Weather Season Approaches - Be Prepared!

Photograph from NWS damage survey in Woodward, Iowa
Severe Weather Awareness Week kicks off for many states this week with the remainder occurring within the next several weeks as areas approach their respective active periods. To find out when your state will recognize Severe Weather Awareness Week, click here.

The week is designed to refresh, remind and educate the public about seasonal threats from severe weather and how to avoid them.  It's also a great time to make and practice your emergency plan and build or refresh your emergency preparedness kit.

Severe weather has been proven to strike at any time of year and in any part of the country. Here are just a few simple steps to help better prepare for severe weather conditions:

  • Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio: The nationwide network of radio stations continuously broadcasts weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service Office. WDT recommends having two methods of weather notification. We suggest Weather Radio for iOS and Android.
  • Create a Disaster Supplies Kit: The kit should include water for drinking and sanitation, at least a three-day supply of food, flashlight, first aid kit, a whistle to signal for help, local maps, battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio.
  • Create a Family Emergency Plan: Decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in the case of an emergency. Keep a copy of the emergency plan in your supply kit or in another safe place.
  • Remove Treacherous Trees: When preparing for upcoming storms, it is advised that you remove any dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage.
  • Secure Outdoor Objects: You may also want to secure any object that may blow away or cause damage.
  • Pre-Designated Area: During the storm, stay away from windows, corners, outside walls and doors. It is best to go to a pre-designated area such as a basement, storm cellar or the lowest level of the building you are in; put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.

Overall, being educated on how to prepare for and handle severe weather could save your life or the life of a loved one. Take time to research the different types of severe weather and how you can be better equipped to handle such disasters.

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