With spring comes the threat of severe weather.
March-May is peak tornado season and 2007 has brought an unusually
high number of devastating storms on and around the South
Plains. Please take a moment to review important safety precautions
from the American
Tuned for Storm Warnings: Listen to your local radio and TV
stations for updated storm information.
Know what a tornado WATCH and WARNING
A tornado WATCH means a tornado is possible in your area.
When a Tornado WATCH Is issued:
- Listen to local radio and TV stations for further updates.
- Be alert to changing weather condition. Blowing debris or
the sound of an approaching tornado may alert you. Many people
say it sounds like a freight train.
A tornado WARNING means a tornado has been
sighted and may be headed for your area. Go to safety immediately.
When a Tornado WARNING Is Issued….
- If you are inside, go to the safe place you picked to
protect yourself from glass and other flying objects. The
tornado may be approaching your area.
- If you are outside, hurry to the basement of a nearby
sturdy building or lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area.
- If you are in a car or mobile home, get out immediately
and head for safety (as above).
After the Tornado Passes:
- Watch out for fallen power lines and stay out of the damaged
- Listen to the radio for information and instructions.
- Use a flashlight to inspect your surroundings for damage.
Do not not use candles at any time.
Last updated: Wednesday May 27 2009