Severe weather can happen anytime. Each year, people suffer or are seriously injured by severe weather despite the advance warnings given. The Emergency Preparedness Department at Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County wants to remind everyone to plan ahead for severe weather. Don’t be caught off guard!
We all want the peace of mind in knowing that our families, friends, homes and our businesses are safe and protected from threats of any kind. We cannot control when or where the next disaster will hit, but we can take action by preparing ourselves and our loved ones for emergencies and by learning what actions can be taken.
Know your risk: The first step in planning for spring weather is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work and how that weather could impact you and your family. During active weather, stay alert - get the forecast by listening to the radio or television, check the weather forecast regularly on weather.gov, or obtain a NOAA Weather Radio and listen for Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on your cell phone. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local weather hazards.
Take action: Take action and ensure you know what to do when severe weather strikes. Develop an emergency plan based on our local weather hazards and practice how and where to take shelter before a severe weather event. Post your plan in your home where visitors can see it. Learn how to strengthen your home and business against severe weather.
Be a Force of Nature: Once you have taken action, teach your family, friends, school staff and co-workers about how they can prepare. Share the resources and alert systems you discovered through your social media network. Studies show that individuals need to receive messages a number of ways before acting – be one of those sources.
Learn more at: www.weather.gov and www.ready.gov/severe-weather or the Spanish-language web site www.listo.gov. Follow the National Weather Service @nws and FEMA @readygov. Follow @PublicHealthDMC on Facebook for Severe Weather Awareness information.