As your Weather Ready Nation™ Ambassador, Midland is here to help communities and businesses be prepared when disaster strikes. Here are a few key things to remember as we approach severe weather season.
During a storm, listen to local news and monitor your alerts to stay informed about tornado watches and warnings.
If NWS issues a tornado watch:
Tune in to a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, local radio, and television weather reports. Check alert notifications.
Review where you will go for protection and discuss with those around you. Change your plans, if necessary, to make sure you will be able to get to a protective location quickly.
Call anyone you know who may not be tuned-in or who may need assistance getting to a protective location.
Charge your cell phone in case the power goes out.
If NWS issues a tornado warning or if you see a tornado:
TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY!
If available, go to a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter OR go to a small, interior, windowless room in a sturdy building on the lowest level (underground is best) or to a Best Available Refuge Area. Take additional personal cover. Cover your head and neck with your arms and cover your body as best you can, e.g., with a coat or a blanket.
Additional tips to keep in mind during severe weather:
Use local alerts, radios, and other information sources, such as FEMA or American Red Cross apps, to get information and advice as soon as it is available.
Use text messaging or social media to communicate with family and friends. Telephones and cellular phone systems are often overwhelmed following a disaster, so use phones only for emergency calls.
Use extreme care when leaving a building. Do not use matches or lighters inside and leave immediately if you smell gas or see spills that could be flammable. Avoid debris and sharp objects.
If you are trapped, stay where you are and cover your mouth with a cloth or mask to avoid breathing dust. Try not to move the debris around you or stir up dust. Send a text, if possible, or bang on a pipe or wall or use a whistle instead of shouting so that you do not breathe in dust.
Do not enter damaged buildings until local authorities tell you that it is safe.
Stay away from downed power lines and report them to 911 or the power company’s emergency number.
Use caution during post-tornado clean-up, including debris removal, chainsaw use, and repairs. Wear boots or heavy shoes to protect your feet; injuries from exposed nails and debris are common after tornadoes.
Emergency weather conditions can occur at any time and any place. It is crucial to plan accordingly. To print a free copy of our Emergency Preparedness Checklist, click here. To view a Basic Disaster Supplies Kit, click here.
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