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Severe Weather Awareness Week

It's severe weather awareness week here in Mississippi, so I thought I might actually use my degree for a bit and post some safety tips and guides for severe weather. lol Most of it is common sense, but it's an excuse to actually use my degree. :P

I was reminded when the tornado sirens kept going off at my house earlier today - it's 75 degrees, thunderstorms in the area, and they sound off the sirens for a drill:puzzled: I thought there actually was a storm heading our way since I had no clue what was really going on weather wise! lol They test them about once a week, but they're usually short - today's was long so it scared me.

Being prepared:

-- Know the difference between a weather watch and a weather warning. A watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather. A warning means that severe weather is in the area - get to a safe place NOW - not when it gets there.

--Plan ahead for a safe spot to go. For a tornado, get to a basement. If you do not have one, go to the lowest floor of your house, in an interior room with no windows preferably (such as a closet).

--If you find yourself outside in a thunderstorm, and you feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, squat and put your head between your knees. DO NOT LIE FLAT. This will help protect you from lightning.

--Also, if you're swimming and hear thunder - get out of the water. Lightning can strike from many, many miles away. There's even been reports of people being struck while they were swimming in a partly cloudy area from a thunderstorm was happening a county away.

--If you're driving in a car and see a tornado, find a ditch to seek shelter in & lie flat on the ground covering your head. DO NOT GO UNDER AN OVERPASS FOR SHELTER. These are very dangerous areas. A lot of debris that could harm you in those areas. The people in that video were lucky.

--Keep an emergency kit with non-perishable foods, batteries, flashlights, a weather radio, blankets, money, bottled water, first aid kit, and a supply of any needed medications that is taken regularly by a member of your family in/near your safety area.

--If you only have a severe thunderstorm warning in your area, do not think that a tornado can not form. A tornado can form unexpectedly in any storm.

--If severe weather strikes at night, you can set up many weather radios to alarm when your particular county/parish is involved in severe weather. The alarms are pretty loud - similar to an alarm clock - so they should wake you up so you can go to your safe area.

I've gotta go make dinner for the kiddos now, but there's a few to get started. I don't know much about cold weather since I don't have any experience with it, so I'll save those tips for the experts! lol As for hurricanes, I'm sure those in the areas have the drill down after the last few hurricane seasons. I'll try to remember to post more later if anyone is interested in this.

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Padraigin Padraigin 9 years
Excellent post! Lots of good advice.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
Good post wynter! I wish it was 75 degrees here. :( ------------------------------------------------------ "We're forced to bed, But we're free to dream" Gord Downie
t0xxic t0xxic 9 years
lmao @ where you say your from columbus, I was from columbus GA which also is 5 minutes from AL so freaky. Love the read hun, we have a winter storm warning AGAIN.
Toronado Toronado 9 years
Word up, Wyn. People began running for cover underneath overpasses because of the infamous video clip of the news crew who filmed themselves under one when a twister passed by. #1, the twister by all accounts was rather weak. #2, it passed BY the overpass, not directly above them. #3, not all overpasses have the girders to hang onto. There were gory accounts of the Moore twister of '99 where people sought shelter underneath an overpass. Now this 'nado had the fastest winds in recorded history (318 mph) and the mud and dirt blown under the overpass actually made outlines of the bodies of people on the side. Afterward, searchers recalled seeing PIECES of people burried in mud & debris hundreds of feet from the overpass.
wynter wynter 9 years
They were just normal thundershowers - nothing bad. The sirens went off for a drill for severe weather awareness week, so they were scary since I hadn't looked at the weather - but it was nothing serious. It's definiely warm (75 today) and it ended up being a nice, sunny day! :) Hopefully it'll stay like this a while. What part of LA are you from? Hubby grew up there, and he's looking for a job there now so we can move. :)
Hope5 Hope5 9 years
Sorry to hear that wynter. I hope you get some sunshine, and warm weather soon :)
wynter wynter 9 years
Hope, I'm around Columbus - about 5 mins from Alabama. It's pretty here now too, but we had some leftover yucky weather earlier this morning.
Hope5 Hope5 9 years
What part of MS are you from? Here in LA is nice weather.
karmasabitch karmasabitch 9 years
Thanks Wynter! I didn't know about putting your head between your knees if you feel the hair on your neck standing up :? Interesting!
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