Tornado Season is Upon Us
Weather forecasters have been gearing up for what they think looks to be a busy severe spring weather season. If last week’s storm is any indication, they may be right. Last year, Alabama had a total of 73 confirmed tornadoes and 52 of those storms came between March and April. The National Weather Service warning coordination meteorologist John DeBlock gave this information to al.com reporters last week, you can read the full article by clicking here.
Here are some basic storm tips to help you be more prepared this spring:
- Create a plan for where you and your family will go in the event of a tornado — at home, at work and at relatives’ or friends’ homes that you visit frequently. Always be alert to changing weather conditions.
- Pick a safe room in your home where household members and pets may gather during a tornado. This should be a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
- Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information.
- Check with your work and your children’s school and day care center regarding tornado emergency plans. Every building has different safe places. It is important to know where they are and how to get there in an emergency.
- Make sure everyone understands how tornado siren warning systems work and if a warning system is installed in your area.
- Mark clearly where your first-aid kit and fire extinguishers are located. Make sure the first-aid kit is properly stocked with medical supplies.
- Teach your family how to administer basic first aid, how to use a fire extinguisher, and how and when to turn off water, gas, and electricity in your home.
- Mark clearly where the utility switches or valves are located so they can be turned off – if time permits – in an emergency.
- Learn the emergency dismissal policy for your child’s school.
Remember, SERVPRO of Dothan is here to help with all your storm needs. Give us a call, we’re here to help! 334.699.5961