emergency awareness

Spring Weather Preparedness

Thunderstorms & Tornadoes | Lightning | Winds, Floods & Hail

Spring is often host to many dangers, such as flooding, wildfire, and severe weather. You should know what to do to protect your family, pets, property and yourself against these dangers.
Your safety is up to YOU!

Severe Weather

All thunderstorms are dangerous and can produce tornadoes, lightning, damaging winds, flash flooding, and hail.

Learn to recognize severe weather, develop a plan, and be ready to act when threatening weather approaches. If severe weather threatens, check on people who are elderly, very young, or physically or mentally disabled.

Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify a hazard

Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Tells you when and where severe thunderstorms are likely to occur. Watch the sky and stay turned to know when warnings are issued.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Issued when severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life or property to those in the path of the storm.

Tornado Watch: Tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms. Know what counties or portion of the counties are in the watch area by listening to your local radio/NOAA Weather Radio or by watching your local television channels.

Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately.

Flood Watch: Flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, local radio station, or television for information.

Flood Warning: Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

Flash Flood Watch: Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to NOAA Weather Radio, local radio station, or television for information.

Flash Flood Warning: A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.