Be Prepared For Severe Weather
Wednesday Jun 1st, 2011
Tornadoes hit Maryland, Hurricane Season Approaching
During April, at least 8 tornadoes hit Maryland, destroying homes and damaging properties. Neighboring states have recently experienced tornadoes, and are now being threatened with record flooding. And hurricane season starts June 1. Are you ready for severe weather?
Natural disasters can be devastating. We can’t prevent them, but we can take steps to protect our families and our property.
Follow these steps to stay safe before, during and after severe weather:
- Follow the instructions of local emergency officials.
- Listen to local radio and TV stations for updated emergency information.
- Keep emergency supplies on hand, including three days’ non-perishable food and water, flashlights and batteries, first aid kit, medicines.
- Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio or battery-powered/hand crank radio with a NOAA Weather Band.
- Get the latest weather information from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov(External Link).
- Make sure you have a safe place to go in case severe weather approaches, such as the lower level of a sturdy building, a basement or a crawl space.
- Do not drive or walk through floodwater. Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. Turn around and find another route if a road is flooded – it is almost always more dangerous than it appears.
- Have a family emergency plan. Everyone should know what to do in case family members are not together when severe weather happens. Evacuate immediately if advised to do so.
Being ready for any emergency means families can take care of themselves for at least the first 72 hours after disaster strikes. NOW is a prime opportunity for citizens, communities, and businesses in Baltimore City to get ready.
Emergency preparedness is everyone’s responsibility! Get Prepared now before it is too late! Click I WANT TO PREPARE! to learn more…