Spring time is upon us! As the temperatures rise, so do the chances of springtime thunderstorms. This is the season where we generally see more of our severe weather occur, and it’s a great time to refresh ourselves, and our emergency plans. If you don’t have an emergency plan, now is the time to make one.
The tornado threat increases this time of year. Here are some things to remember:
- Tornado watch = The ingredients are present, where tornadoes could form. Be watchful
- Tornado Warning = There is a tornado in progress (spotted or radar indicated). SEEK SHELTER NOW!
- Go to the lowest floor of your home/business and the most interior room. You want the most walls between you and the outside of you building. Pick a room that has no windows if possible (a hallway, closet, or bathroom will work).
- There is no safe room inside a mobile home. Find shelter in a more sturdy structure. As a last resort, lay in a ditch. You want to get as low as possible. Most people are killed or injured from flying debris. The lower to the ground you are the better when it comes to protecting yourself from the debris..
- Do not shelter under a street overpass unless it’s a last resort. These have been proven to be unsafe. You’re better exiting your vehicle and finding a low lying ditch.
SKYWARN Spotters Reports (Specifically to Amateur Radio)
- Your Call Sign
- Which County & City are you in
- Your location with the closest intersection
- What are you reporting (tornado, funnel cloud or wall cloud. KNOW THE DIFFERENCE)
- Direction of travel of the tornado
- Any damage?
We are not storm chasers! If it’s not safe to make the report SEEK SHELTER! Safety is paramount.