(May 21, 2013) During severe weather season, we remind residents to be prepared. Here are some ‘safety tips’ to keep in mind during our ever-changing weather conditions in North Texas.
· Monitor your local TV and radio stations for storm alerts; monitor a NOAA weather radio (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).
· Move to a small, interior room with no windows (such as a closet or bathroom) when a tornado. warning is issued or is imminent.
· Move to the lowest possible level of a building or structure.
· Avoid places-rooms with wide-span roofs.
· Apartment dwellers should move to the lowest level of the complex. Contact your leasing office about its ‘emergency’ plan for sheltering its residents.
· Mobile home dwellers should have a plan to ‘seek shelter’ prior to a storm’s arrival. Mobile homes are not considered ‘safe shelters’.
· Get underneath sturdy furniture; cover your neck and head.
· Do not seek shelter under a bridge or overpass.
· Do not try to ‘outrun’ a tornado in a vehicle.
· Lie down in ditch or low-lying area, away from your vehicle, if you find yourself stranded.
· Have a ‘emergency kit’ on hand: Flashlight, battery-operated radio, food, water, are helpful items to pack. Consider storing in a ‘backpack’ for convenience.
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