The fall season is upon us, bringing along many weather risks. The National Weather Service (NWS) launched their seasonal safety campaign to help educate on possible extreme fall weather risks. Learn how to be ready, responsive and resilient to the hazards. Don’t let bad weather sneak up on you—it is time to get prepared now.
- Educate yourself on flood zones and evacuation routes. Consider flood insurance coverage no matter your zone.
- Make a family communication plan.
- Follow evacuation orders and avoid affected areas until authorized to enter.
- Slow down when you encounter fog. Do not change lanes or pass other vehicles unless absolutely necessary.
- Use low beam headlights.
- Find out if you live in a hurricane storm surge evacuation area and plan your evacuation route. Identify shelters for pets.
- Gain an understanding of the National Weather Service warnings and watches.
- Create an emergency plan and prepare an emergency supply kit for your family and pets. Don’t forget medications and identification. Always get cash.
- Remove or secure all items that can blow around.
- Know your home’s vulnerability to flooding, wind and storm surge. Board up windows with plywood or approved shutters.
- Warnings, Watches & Advisories:
- High Wind Warning – issued when damaging or life threatening winds are occurring or will occur soon
- High Wind Watch – issued when it’s possible for damaging or life threatening winds to occur
- High Wind Advisory – issued when winds are strong enough to cause difficulty for those outside but likely won’t cause widespread damage
- Know the threats:
- Straight Line Winds – Strong winds with no rotation, typically associated with severe thunderstorms & squall lines. Winds can reach up to 125mph and create large damage paths equal to that of a tornado.
- Powerful Storm Systems – Created by strong pressure gradient. Can knock down trees and power lines and blow over trailers and trucks.
- Dust Storms – Caused by wind blowing over dry areas. Can reduce visibility to nearly zero.
- Actions to take:
- Seek shelter inside that is away from trees, power lines and other objects. Stay away from windows.
- While driving, keep two hands on the wheel and avoid driving large vehicles, such as semi-trucks. Pull over if visibility is disrupted.
Winter Weather – Be Prepared for the Early Season Winter Storms
- Winterize your car with snow tires and a winter driving safety kit.
- Restock your emergency kit with extra batteries, food, etc.
- If you have a generator, make sure it is in working order and review the safety manual. Never run a generator in an enclosed space.
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