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2018 Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Tips and links on how to keep your family safe during severe weather.

Posted: Mar 19, 2018 4:30 PM

ALBION, Ind. (WFFT) - In both Indiana and Ohio, this week has been declared Severe Weather Preparedness week and as severe weather ramps up here in our area both meteorologists and officials want to help prepare you for the worst.

More often than not, the worst weather conditions for our area happen in spring and summer time. So, knowing how to keep yourself safe during extreme conditions is vital according to Michael Newton, the EMA Director for Noble County in Indiana.

Newton recalled his days as a police officer and how it applys to emergency situations, saying “in an emergency, people don’t rise to the threat, they fall back on their training and so getting people to just think what they’re going to do. Think “what would I do if this happened?”.”

There are many situations you should prepare for. Tornadoes, extreme heat, and damaging winds, but only one person WFFT spoke with today follows the suggested guideline of having multiple ways to get alerts for severe weather.

“I have a weather radio down in our basement. Also, my cellphone is equipped to get weather alerts at night and I keep it by my bedside,” said Amanda Tilbury.

Other tips to prepare include

  1. Letting everyone in your family know where you’ll be on the day of extreme weather
  2. Know the difference between watches and warnings
  3. Have a preparedness kit with 3 days worth of food and water for each member of the family, batteries and flashlights and small tools (in case emergency crews cannot get to you.)
  4. Practice your plans so you know what to do during severe weather

“It doesn’t take a big, physical day of training to practice. You can be sitting at the supper table and say “hey, what would you do? What would you do if we just got a tornado warning? What would you do if there was a severe weather threat?” and just discussing it keeps it fresh in your mind,” says Newton

For more information on Severe Weather Preparedness, use the following links.

National Weather Service of Northern Indiana
American Red Cross Indiana Region
Indiana Department of Homeland Security
Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness

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