Here are some tips for severe weather preparedness:

  • Threats from severe thunderstorms include: high winds, tornadoes, hail and flash well as lightning. But remember that lightning can strike from any thunderstorm, whether it is severe or not.

  • Plan outdoor activities to avoid thunderstorms. Check the latest forecasts on NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards or the NWS website or on your mobile device at “”. And...When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

  • How will you receive warnings of severe weather?

    • Set up your NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (Public Alert Radio) to receive up-to-date forecast, warning and other emergency information for your area.

    • Free smartphone apps are available for download from the American Red Cross or FEMA that provide alerts for areas of your choice.

    • Wireless Emergency Alerts are available on most smartphones. These are government alerts that will alert you for the most serious of weather threats, including Tornadoes and Flash Floods. Check your notification settings on your phone and make sure that your government “Emergency Alerts” are toggled on.

  • Review and practice your family emergency communications plans. Make sure everyone in your life knows how to stay in touch with you in an emergency.   

  • Visit our Severe Weather Awareness Website for more information and safety tips.


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