Preparing for spring weather threats

Posted at: 05/11/2012 6:52 AM

We need to remind ourselves of the types of springtime weather events we should be preparing for such as rain storms, thunderstorms and lightning storms, which can lead to flooding.

Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes.  Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding and high winds can damage homes and blow down trees and utility poles, causing widespread power outages. Remember if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. If thunder roars, go indoors!  

Spring ahead before the weather affects you by following these three action steps to prepare yourself and your family.

Get a kit
• Pack essential disaster supply items such as: a 3 day supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare foods, a 3 day supply of water, a first aid kit, flashlight, small battery-operated radio, extra batteries, and sanitation and personal hygiene items.
Make a Plan
• Have emergency numbers ready. Make a list of important telephone numbers such as local hospitals, emergency responders (police, fire), and your emergency contacts and carry this information with you.

Be Informed
• Find out how you would get information before and during a disaster. Travel and weather web sites can help you avoid storms, severe heat, and other challenges that could impact your safety.  One such alert system is NY-Alert, which will send you warnings and emergency information via the web, cell phone, email, and other technologies.  Signing up for NY-Alert is free.  To learn more visit www.nyalert.gov.

• Pay attention to the local forecast.  Research the local radio stations. Have a battery or crank operated radio so you can listen to the news and weather.

For additional information please visit the American Red Cross website www.redcross.org.

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