Severe Weather Survival Guide


Throughout the year, weather can, and does, make a huge impact in our community. It is critical to know and understand the hazards that will come your way so that you and your family are prepared to take the appropriate actions.

This weather guide, brought to you by News 12, is a start in the right direction. Here you will find detailed information on each potential weather hazard and what your family should do to stay safe.

Of course, if you have questions about your home and neighborhood, contact your local Emergency Management Official, Red Cross, or National Weather Service Office for specific information on your community.

Table of Contents

  • Hurricanes
    Hurricanes are devastating acts of nature. Whether an active season or not, we are susceptible to tropical weather in the CSRA, and you need to be prepared.

  • Tornadoes
    Tornadoes can devastate a community in seconds with winds that have been known to reach 318 miles per hour. They can develop with little advanced warning, so make sure you are on the lookout when a watch has been issued.

  • Heat Safety
    Since we live in the South, we have to be extra careful when it comes to heat exhaustion. Temperatures in the 90’s with high humidity leave our bodies extremely hot because the sweat on our skin cannot evaporate as much as it would if the air was drier.

  • Flooding
    Flooding is often overlooked when it comes to severe weather. But floods account for almost two times as many fatalities each year than tornadoes and hurricanes combined.

  • Oil Spills
    Oil spills can kill people, animals, and plants. Here's what you need to know.

  • Creating a Disaster Plan
    What to do before, when, and after disaster strikes.

  • Building a Safe Room
    You can convert just about any room in your house into a safe room to protect you and your family from the violent winds and destruction caused by tornadoes and hurricanes.

  • Preparing Your Pets
    If you have pets, you need to know what to do for them in an emergency.

  • Safe Boating
    Things to watch out for if you own or use boats.

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