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Severe Weather Preparedness Week

When it comes to the threat of severe weather, being prepared to act quickly could be a matter of survival. Tornadoes, thunderstorms, flash floods and other severe weather can strike with little or no notice, making it critical that everyone know how to stay safe in the face of these hazards.

That message is at the heart of Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Each day of this week focuses on different aspects of severe weather and provides critical information for preparedness:

  • Monday, February 1 Family Preparedness/NOAA Weather RadioDay – Purchase a life-saving NOAA Weather Radio and choose an out-of-state friend as a “check-in” contact to call if your family gets separated.
  • Tuesday, February 2 Thunderstorm Safety – Learn the difference between a thunderstorm watch and a thunderstorm warning.
  • Wednesday, February 3 – Tornado Safety – Determine in advance where you will take shelter in case of a tornado warning.
  • Thursday, February 4 Lightning Safety – Learn the 30/30 rule. Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
  • Friday, February 5 Flood Safety (alternate date for PrepareAthon! drill for tornado safety) – Copy important documents, seal them in a watertight container and add them to your Ready kit.

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