March is Storm Awareness Month

Storm Safety Tips

  • Tornado Watch– Means that conditions are right for the formation of a tornado – one has not been spotted, but keep your  eye on the sky and listen to WXBC 104.3 the River for updates.
  • Tornado Warning– Means that a tornado has been actually been spotted on the radar or by trained weather observers. Persons in or close to the WARNING area should take immediate cover! Listen to WXBC 104.3 the River for updates as the storm progresses. Seek shelter, preferably in a tornado cellar, underground excavation, or reinforced concrete building. Avoid buildings with wide, free-span roofs. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS!
  • In Homes– The basement offers the best protection. Seek shelter under sturdy furniture if possible. If you do not have a basement, go to the center of the house, on the lowest floor, in a small room or closet.
  • In Mobile Homes– Leave mobile homes or vehicles, and go to a substantial shelter. If there is not shelter nearby, lie flat in the nearest ditch or culvert with your hands shielding your head. Be alert for rapidly rising water in ditch.
  • In Schools– Students should go to their assigned safety area and wait for instructions.
  • In Open Country – If there is not time to seek normal shelter, lie flat in the nearest depression such as a ditch or a ravine. Do not stay in your car. STAY AWAY FROM DOWNED POWER LINES! If you see a downed power line, move away from the line and anything touching it – Shuffle away with small steps, keeping your feet together and on the ground at all times.
  • Thunderstorms– When a thunderstorm is approaching, and you are caught in a level field or in the open, away from shelter, and you feel your hair stand on end, lightning may be about to strike you. Drop to your knees and bend forward, putting your hands on your knees. DO NOT LIE FLAT ON THE GROUND! Lightning can travel sideways for up to 10 miles: blue skies are not a sign of safety.