When a Severe Storm Threatens...

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Do you know what to do?

  • During storm season, listen to a local radio or TV station for warnings and advice. 
  • If you have time during the severe storm event, board up your windows with securely fastened lumber, or close storm shutters. You can also use tape to strengthen windows. Use strong bracing to secure outside doors, but open doors and windows slightly on the side of the house away from the storm to help equalize pressure and reduce damage. Remember to stay away from windows and doors to avoid flying glass and debris.
  • Secure anything that might be blown around or torn loose, both indoors and out. Storing belongings indoors can also protect against damage from hail.
  • Avoid travelling. You won't want to be caught without shelter. Protect your automobile by slightly lowering windows and setting brakes. If your garage is sturdy, store cars there.
  • If you are advised by officials to evacuate, do so. Take your emergency kit and supplies with you. You will also need flashlights and batteries, infant care items, and personal documents and identification for each family member. Before you leave, shut off electricity and gas to reduce fire hazard.
  • If a storm catches you outdoors, take shelter immediately. As a last 
    resort, lie flat in a ditch, excavation or culvert.
  • Keep calm. You'll be more able to cope with emergencies.



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After the Storm

  • Listen to your radio for information and instructions. Follow them. 
  • Give first aid to injured or trapped persons; get help if necessary.
  • Unless you are requested or qualified to give help, stay away from damaged areas.
  • Stay away from loose or dangling electrical wires. Report them to authorities. Also report broken sewer and water mains.
  • Lightning and downed power lines can cause fires. Know how to fight small fires and contact the fire department. Be alert to prevent fires; broken mains may cause lowered water pressure.
  • Drive your car cautiously and only if necessary. Debris, washout or icy roads, weakened bridges and dangling hydro wires will make driving dangerous. Make way for emergency and rescue vehicles.
  • Don't use the telephone except in a real emergency. Leave lines open for official use.
  • If power has been turned off for several hours, check freezers and refrigerators for spoiled food.
  • After a severe storm, water supplies may be contaminated. Purify water by boiling, adding purification tablets, or chlorinating.