Severe Weather

Thunderstorm

  • Seek shelter inside of a sturdy building
  • Avoid small sheds or isolated structures in open areas
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches
  • Avoid contact with corded phones. Cell phones and cordless phones are fine
  • Avoid contact with plumbing.  Do not wash hands, bathe, shower, wash dishes, etc.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment and cords.  Before the storm, unplug or power down sensitive equipment

Snow/Ice

Flood

  • Follow official instructions given for your area.
  • Never drive through standing water.
  • Never walk through moving water.
  • Be aware that flash flood can occur quickly.  If flooding occurs, move immediately to higher ground.
  • Ensure you have food & clean water to last you a few days if possible
  • Monitor local radio/TV channels for evacuation and other directives.

Tornado

  • Take shelter inside a substantial building if a warning is issued or you see a funnel cloud:
    • Go to the basement or an interior room on the lowest floor, preferably without windows.
    • Closets, bathrooms, and other interior rooms are best
    • Get under something sturdy or cover yourself with a mattress if possible.
  • If no shelter is close by, lie flat in a ditch or low spot with your hands shielding your head. Avoid overpasses and bridges.

For more information and planning guides, please visit Ready.gov.