Project: Tornado- Put your severe weather plan in place

May 13, 2016- So far this “severe weather season”, it’s been pretty quiet.  There were a few stronger storms earlier this week, but we haven’t seen much for severe weather.  You should be ready no matter what, which is why our Project: Tornado initiative is out talking to kids through next week, to help them understand the importance of having a severe weather plan.

Is your severe weather plan ready to go?

Here’s a couple handy reminders (or tips to help you get started):

1) Know where to go: this starts at home, but also know where to go at work, school, etc. That location definitely will change from place to place.

-Pick an interior room (one that’s away from the outside walls and away from windows) that’s on the lowest level. Preferably, this is a basement, but it could be a closet or a bathroom (as long as there aren’t any windows!). Everyone should know where this place is and know that this is the “safe spot” to go to during severe weather.

-It may be handy to stock this room or area with bottles of water, a first aid kit, heavy blankets, sturdy shoes or boots, and maybe even bike helmets to help protect you from flying or falling objects.  You may even want to have a list of emergency contacts and insurance information in this area or kit too!

2) Have as many ways to get severe weather alerts as possible. This may be the TV or radio leading up to and during severe weather. You can also stream this coverage on a laptop or tablet (though make sure you can still get to the internet in case the power and Wi-Fi go out). A weather radio is a great tool to have; this will make a loud noise to notify you of a warning, read you the warning information, plus it works when the power goes out.  Having weather alerts via text or a weather app is great to have too. Finally, the outdoor warning sirens are great if you are outside.  You may not hear them over the sound of the storm or whatever is going on in your house (or while you are asleep) so don’t totally rely on them!

3) Know how to get in touch.  This may be different from friend to friend or family member to family member.  They should know how to best get a hold of you during or after an emergency, and vice versa. Sometimes sending a text may be better than trying to call. Get a system set up, so your family and friends can quickly find out if you are safe, or need help.

4) You should also have a “meet-up” spot, in case anyone gets separated during a severe weather event.

Much like you may practice a fire drill at home, practice or talk about your severe weather plan, so everyone knows it and has it fresh in their mind.  Don’t forget- severe weather can happen at any time of the year, so keep up-to-date on the weather forecast!

If you have any questions about where to go or what to do when setting up your severe weather plan, sending a message to us via email at or message us on Facebook on the 13 Weather Authority page!  I’ll write more about severe weather preparation next week.


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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on May 13, 2016

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