Updated: Dec 8, 2022
Being prepared before, and knowing what to do after the storm hits are critical to the safety of those who experience severe weather.
Preparing For The Storm
Practice your emergency escape plan; know two ways out of each room of the house.
Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio.
Charge cell phones, or other battery-operated devices that can keep you aware of severe weather.
Remember that a warning means that severe weather has been reported in the area, while a watch means that conditions are favorable.
During The Storm
Keep the NOAA radio on. If you do not have one, stay tuned to local television or radio news.
If you hear the severe weather sirens, head to the basement or a room on the lowest level of the house with no windows immediately. “Most injuries are caused by flying debris, so do whatever possible to find cover,” says Mason.
If you see a green colored sky, large hail, a large, dark, low-lying cloud or hear a loud roar that sounds like a freight train take cover immediately.
After the Storm
Avoid downed power lines, and items touching these lines.
Do not move seriously injured people unless they are in immediate danger of further injury.
Be cautious of exposed nails and broken glass.
If it is dark do not use candles or any open flames, use a flashlight.
Call 911 immediately if anyone is injured, you see frayed wiring or sparks, the odor of something burning, or a gas odor.