Ohio’s Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week March 1-7, 2015

We need to be prepared for whatever weather we get. Even though we are still in the season of wind chill factors, snow, and ice, tornado season also starts in March; so, it is time to be thinking about safe shelters from severe storms.

Ohio’s Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 1-7, 2015. Do you know what to do during a tornado, severe thunder storm, or flood? It is time to pull out your family’s safety plan to review and update. Make sure that everyone in the family knows what to do when something happens.

Have drills in your home to make sure everyone knows where to go during a tornado, or severe storm. During tornado drills or actual tornado warnings, remember to DUCK!!!

D – Go DOWN to the lowest level

U – Get UNDER something (like a basement staircase or heavy table or desk)

C – COVER your head

K – KEEP in shelter until the storm has passed

Know the different weather terms: Know the difference between watches, warnings, and advisories:

Warning: A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent or likely. A warning means weather conditions pose a threat to life or property. People in the path of the storm need to take protective action.

Watch: A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrological event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location, or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set their plans in motion can do so. A watch means that hazardous weather is possible. People should have a plan of action in case a storm threatens and they should listen for later information and possible warnings especially when planning travel or outdoor activities.

Advisory: An advisory is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrological events occurring, imminent, or likely. Advisories are for less serious conditions than warnings that cause significant inconvenience and if caution is not exercised, could lead to situations that may threaten life or property.

Be sure that you stay informed. During any weather event (heavy rain, tornado watches, severe thunderstorms), continue listening to local weather reports via radio, television or NOAA Weather Radio. Do you have a battery-operated radio in case the power goes out?

Please feel free to call the Guernsey County EMA at 740-432-9292 for information on preparing for, responding to, recovery after, or mitigation against severe weather events. Or stop in to see us Monday-Thursday from 9 am – 3pm. Visit our website at www.guernseycountyema.com as we continue to add more and more information.