With the threat of severe weather this weekend WSAV and Storm Team 3 wants to make sure you are ready.
First…. Be able to recognize the difference between a watch and a warning.
A watch is issued by the NWS when the ingredients for a severe thunderstorm or tornado are present. Usually for a larger area and for a longer period of time.
A warning is issued when a severe thunderstorm or tornado has been detected on radar or if one has been seen out in the field. A warning is usually for a specific area.
Both should be taken seriously, but a warning requires quick action as life and property are at risk.
Second…Know the safest spot to be in if a Tornado Warning is issued
- Center most portion of house
- Lowest Level
- Away from windows
- Small interior room– bathroom or closet
*Crouch down and cover your head with your hands, or even better with a thick blanket.
In the car:
- DO NOT try to out drive the tornado
- Get out of your car and take shelter in a sturdy structure
- If one is not available, get to the nearest ditch or low-lying area
*Crouch down and cover your head with your hands, or any type of thick padding to prevent injury from flying debris.
In mobile home:
- GET OUT!!! Mobile homes are very vulnerable in severe weather
- Even if tied down, they don’t provide protection during a tornado
- Find alternate shelter BEFORE the storm hits
Third…Have a Post Storm plan:
- Stay away from downed power lines
- Avoid heavily damaged structures as they could collapse at any time
- Do not smoke or use matches/lighters in case of gas leaks