Be Weather-Ready this Spring
Stormy Central Illinois
While there is nothing we can do to stop severe thunderstorm, lightning, tornadoes, or floods from developing, there are things that everyone can do to minimize the impacts of severe weather on our lives. According to the National Weather Service, the following precautions can be taken to prepare for severe weather:
Stay in-the-know with a cell phone app, a weather alert radio, a portable radio, TV and local media. Enable Wireless Emergency Alerts-or WEAs-on your smart phone, computers and wireless devices.
When it comes to severe weather, be weather-ready with the FEMA Mobile App.
- Receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide.
- Learn emergency safety tips for over 20 types of disasters, including earthquakes, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, and more.
- Locate open emergency shelters in your area and find disaster recovery centers where you can talk to FEMA in person. Toggle between English and Spanish. Free download. Go here for more. You may also download the app via text:
- If you have an Apple device: Text APPLE to 43362 (4FEMA)
- If you have an Android device: Text ANDROID to 43362 (4FEMA) If you use text messaging, standard message and data rates apply.
HAVE AN EMERGENCY PLAN
Do this for your home, business, schools and when you’re traveling. Designate places to go seek safe shelter from a tornado or severe thunderstorm. Pick tow places to meet in case you are separated from your family or co-workers.
PREPARE YOURSELF & YOUR HOME FOR AN EMERGENCY
Learn how to use a fire extinguisher, how to administer CPR, and how to turn-off the electricity, gas, and water supplies in your home.
Inspect your home for potential hazards. Reinforce new construction to withstand severe weather.
HAVE AN EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT
Prepare for the worst, and have the following:
- Bottled water
- Non-perishable food
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- Extra clothing and blankets
- An extra set of keys and cash
- Medications and a first aid kit
- Personal hygiene items
- Pet supplies
- A weather alert radio or portable AM/FM radio
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