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Severe Weather Preparedness – Tuesday 2/21/23

Many colleges are getting to their spring break time. We want to take this opportunity to share some severe weather safety. This will ensure that you stay weather aware during your spring break and year-round.

Right now, we can see snowy weather. As spring evolves, severe weather such as rain, thunderstorms, and tornadoes can take hold. Rain showers and thunderstorms can take us by surprise if we do not maintain weather awareness. Tornadoes can spawn from thunderstorms, however, it is less common than areas to our south and west.

Below, we will provide some basic weather safety tips to keep in mind the next time you travel.

Severe Weather Safety Tips

Winter Weather

  • Limit your time outdoors. Stay inside as much as possible.
  • Do not travel on the roads at all. This will give the transportation crews time to clear the roads.
  • Check on those you know to ensure they are doing well. When possible, use virtual means to communicate with them (e.g. texting, calling, video chat).
  • Pay attention to all weather reports and information from local officials.

Thunderstorms

  • If you are outside, head inside. Stay away from windows.
  • Do not use running water.
  • Pay attention to all weather reports and information from local officials.

Tornadoes

  • Go to a safe location. This can be the basement, storm cellar, bathroom, and closet.
  • Remain tuned to local forecasts and information from local officials.
  • Protect your head and neck by using your arms or other heavy materials (textbooks, furniture, blankets).

Floods

  • Turn around, don’t drown! If you see a flooded roadway, do not drive through it.
  • Move to higher ground as soon as possible.
  • Listen to local officials for evacuation routes and orders.
  • Check in on others by virtual means (i.e. texting/calling/video chat)

For more information, please consult the following websites.

https://www.ready.gov/severe-weather

https://www.weather.gov/ind/preparedness

    https://www.weather.gov/safety/thunderstorm-prepare#:~:text=If%20you%20have%20time%20before,is%20hurt%20during%20severe%20weather

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