Your Severe Weather Safety Plan
I hope you have one today…you just might need it.
All of the WBKO viewing area has been upgraded to a HIGH RISK for tornado development sometime after 1-2pm and moving east into the evening hours.
This is NOT a guarantee it will happen, but this means this is the VERY HIGHEST PROBABILITY that it could happen given the atmospheric conditions. After this morning’s thunderstorm activity, our atmosphere is already reloading with dewpoints rising into the 60s, strong winds rushing in and the sun is coming back out…all will work together to fire up the atmosphere for what could be destructive winds, very large hail and significant long-tracking tornadoes.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Hopefully, you’ve heeded our call for preparedness. If not, you now have a much smaller window of opportunity before it gets really bad. Go to our Severe Weather Toolkit at WBKO.com on our weather page. You’ll find most everything you need there.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind to help you prepare and that you might want to think of AFTER the storms strike…
YOUR PLAN: In a site built home, if you are in a tornado warning polygon, go to a small room (hall, closet, bathroom) on the lowest floor and near the center of the house, away from windows. Put as many walls between you and the tornado as possible.
If you live in a mobile home, you must get out and go to a more substantial structure.
If you are on the second floor (or higher) of an apartment building, you must go to the lowest floor.
Put a helmet on your kids, and wear one yourself if you can.
HAVE A READINESS PLAN: Possible items to store in your safe place include:
-Flashlights (enough light to see how to crawl from the rubble)
-Extra cell phone batteries or chargers
-Shoes (with hard soles if possible)
-Emergency Contact List
-Document wallet for copies of insurance cards, driver’s license, etc.
-Whistle (to alert emergency workers if you were trapped)
-Personal hygiene kit (toothbrush, soap, comb, etc.)
-Packs of batteries
DO NOT DEPEND ON OUTDOOR WARNING SIRENS AS YOUR ONLY PRIMARY SOURCE FOR TORNADO WARNINGS! Any outdoor siren is designed for people already outdoors to come indoors and find out what the emergency is for. If you can hear a siren in your home it’s usually because you live near one or the atmospheric conditions allow you to hear it. But with a TV and air conditioning, noise from kids or family going…you cannot depend on hearing that clearly.
ALWAYS HAVE MORE THAN ONE WAY TO MONITOR THE WEATHER SHOULD ONE OF THE RESOURCES MALFUNCTION! Yes, things break, phone lines go down, computers crap out, software doesn’t work, batteries go dead, TV stations lose power. This is why you should rely on more than one way to monitor the weather for bulletins.
Turn on your NOAA weather radios and let’s all hope this turns out to be not as bad as advertised.
KNOW THE WEATHER BEFORE IT KNOWS YOU!