Severe weather preparedness information

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Source: AP

Stay informed

Update yourself daily leading up to the threat. Forecast information can and does change as a storm system evolves. Daily updates are essential for you to be informed. Being informed is the first step to being prepared.

Constant updates during ongoing severe weather are essential. We will interrupt programming any time dangerous weather threatens. Have multiple ways to get warnings: TV, radio, cell phone app, NOAA Weather Radio. If you mostly watch streaming television, you can get an inexpensive antenna for your television so you can see local network television for free over the air. They are available at most retailers. Remember sirens are not reliable and are not designed to be heard indoors.

Don't rely on social media. Social media algorithms don't allow users to see information when it's posted. You may not see warnings for a week or more. Social media is notoriously unreliable for important information when you need it right now.

When dangerous weather threatens:

There is no safe place in a mobile home during a tornado. Mobile homes can be thrown hundreds of yards, and they splinter when they crash into the ground. If you live in a mobile, please find more substantial shelter. You may even have a community storm shelter nearby. As a last resort, you are safer down low in a ditch than you are in a mobile home. Recent observations have been that while many mobile homes don't survive tornadoes, the porches of mobile homes sometimes do. A last-minute dash beneath your porch may actually be safer than being inside a mobile home in a pinch. I really want to emphasize, however, that more substantial shelter is the best alternative.

In a sturdy home on a foundation, your best shelter is in a small room on the lowest floor of your home or building that is near the middle - away from outside walls and windows. Cover yourself from flying debris by covering yourself with jackets, coats, book bags, helmets, mattresses, couch cushions, or pillows. Put on your shoes. If a tornado does hit, you will need your shoes and they will be hard to find. The bottom line is you need to put as many walls between you and the outside as you can. Bathrooms near the center of a house can often be good places. The plumbing in the walls may help offer some additional protection.

Make sure you know what to do if dangerous weather threatens. Also make sure everyone in your home knows what to do. It's even worth practicing. Many schools practice. Establishing a routine works for all ages and helps add some comfort.