Severe Weather Survival Guide


Hurricanes are devastating acts of nature. Early in the 2006 season, tropical storm Alberto came through the CSRA. It turned into a depression over our area pouring 4.02 inches of rain between the 12th and 14th of June. Otherwise the 2006 season saw no hurricanes making landfall on the U.S. Whether an active season or not, we are susceptible to tropical weather in the CSRA and you need to be prepared.

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Before the Storm

Take action before a threatening storm arrives. Time is critical when severe weather approaches and rushing through these activities could be dangerous. Prior to severe weather, create and practice a family plan for what to do when a storm threatens.

Make sure your storm survival kit is packed and ready to go well before the storm approaches. Pick up or tie down any loose items or debris in and around your home. Trash cans, lawn furniture, and grills become projectiles during a storm. Thin foliage so wind can flow freely through branches, decreasing the damage to your plants and reducing the risk of uprooting trees around your home.

During the Storm

Stay tuned to Storm Team 12 and News 12 for the latest weather updates on the severe weather threat(s), as well as information on evacuations, shelters, school closings, and other storm related information.

Place your animals in carriers, stay indoors, and get to a safe shelter to avoid wind or other elements that can harm you and your family. A safe shelter in your home or office would be the lowest, interior-most room (preferably a basement or a bathroom) because you want as much protection around you as possible.

Once you’re in a safe area, cover yourself and your loved ones with mattresses and pillows to protect from flying debris. If in a bathroom, climb in the tub, and put pillows or mattress over yourselves.

After the Storm

Use extreme caution and always supervise children. There may be dangers all around you! If your house is damaged, move carefully to get out. Do not return inside until it has been inspected. Stay away from all downed power lines and nearby water puddles. Report downed or sparking power lines and broken gas or water lines.

Try to avoid driving because there could be extremely hazardous debris and/or blocked roads. If you must drive, exercise extreme caution.

If there have been any injuries that need medical attention, seek necessary care at the nearest hospital. If needed; food, clothing, shelter and first-aid are available from the Red Cross. Try to call family friends and out of town emergency contacts as soon as possible to let them know you are okay.

When picking up storm debris, do not pile it near power lines. This could hinder repairs and cause more damage. Do not visit disaster areas; your presence might hamper rescue efforts and other emergency operations.

Hurricane Terms to Know

Hurricane: A tropical system with maximum sustained surface winds of 74mph (64knots) or greater. A hurricane is the worst and strongest of all tropical systems and is capable of catastrophic wind damage, heavy widespread beach erosion, and dangerous flooding rainfall.

Eye: The calm center of the storm. IN this area, winds are light and they sky is only partly covered by clouds. The calm center takes about 10-20 minutes to pass over any given pint before severe weather returns.

Eye Wall: The thunderstorms that surround the calm center of a hurricane or tropical storm. These thunderstorms are typically the most intense part of a hurricane/tropical storm.

Tropical Storm: A tropical system with the maximum sustained surface winds ranges from 39 to73mph (34 to 63knots). A tropical storm can produce large amounts of rainfall, heavy wind damage, and moderate beach erosion.

Tropical Depression: A tropical system with the maximum sustained surface winds of 38mph (33 knots) or less. Tropical depressions can produce tremendous rainfall amounts.

Tropical Storm Watch: Announcement that a tropical storm or tropical storm conditions pose a threat to an area within the next 36 hours.

Tropical Storm Warning: A warning that a tropical storm or tropical storm conditions pose a threat to and area within the next 24 hours.

Hurricane Watch: An announcement that hurricane conditions pose a possible threat to an area generally with in the next 36 hours.

Hurricane Warning: A warning that hurricane conditions are expected with in 24 hours or less. This is the time to prepare yourself for severe weather and/or evacuate. Hurricane force winds and widespread flooding rains will likely develop soon.

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