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					     Getting Storm Ready

Thunderstorms, Lightning,
 Tornadoes and Floods
                              Get a Kit



  If the power goes out for
 several days – you’ll need:
 Water – three       Non-perishable
gallons per person   food
 Flashlights &       Manual can           Don’t forget your pets!
extra batteries      opener                  Food & water
 First aid kit       Extra clothes &       Sturdy leashes &
                     blankets               carriers

 Battery-powered     Mess kits with        Photos of you with your
                                            pets
radios               plates, utensils,
                     paper towels & stuff    Medication & vet info
                     Listen




– It’s like a smoke detector for severe weather &
  hazardous conditions
– It will tell you all about severe weather when it is on
  the way
– It will sound a loud tone to get your attention or wake
  you up so you can get to safety
– Make sure you keep plenty of extra batteries
                Make a Plan



• Escape!
  – Find 2 ways to get out
    of every room
  – Have an escape
    ladder for upstairs
    rooms
  – Have a place to meet
    outside
• Practice!
                      Make a Plan



If there were an emergency and you were
not together in the same place. . .
   • How would you get touch with each
   other?
   • Where would you meet?
   • How would you remain in contact?
   • What would you do if you were at school?
   • What would you do about your pets?
Thunderstorms




      When thunder
        ROARS
       go indoors!
Don’t Wait!
             Thunderstorms

If you’re outdoors
 – Find shelter in a
   building or car (NOT a
   convertible)
 – Go to a low-lying place
   away from trees, poles
   or metal objects
 – Boating or swimming –     – In the woods – find a
   get to land & shelter       low spot under the
   right away                  shorter trees
Lightning!

        • If your hair stands
          on end – make
          yourself small
             – Don’t lie flat on the
               ground
             – Squat low to the
               ground
             – Bend your head
               between your
               knees
                Lightning!

If you’re indoors
– Don’t touch appliances
  or use the phone
– Don’t turn on any
  water faucets
– Turn off the air
  conditioner
– Close the curtains,
  blinds or shades
Tornadoes

     • May occur in trailing
       edge of thunderstorm
       – Quite visible
       – Sunlit skies behind


     • Could be embedded
       in rain
       – Not visible
             Tornado Clues

• Dark, often greenish
  sky
• Wall cloud
• Large hail
• Cloud of debris
• Funnel cloud
• Roaring noise
           Tornado Terms

• Tornado WATCH – tornado is possible
  – LISTEN to radio
  – Keep an eye on the sky



• Tornado WARNING – a tornado has been
  spotted
  – Take shelter IMMEDIATELY
           Tornado Shelter




If you are in a vehicle, trailer or mobile home
   GET OUT and go to a solid structure
             Tornado Shelter

• Basement           • Center of an interior
                       room on the lowest
                       floor
                        – Closet or interior hallway
                        – Away from corners, windows,
                          doors & outside walls
                        – Put as many walls as possible
                          between you & the outside
                        – Get under a sturdy table & use
                          your arms to protect your
                          head
                        – Do not open windows
              Tornado Shelter
• If you’re outside with
  no shelter
   – Lie flat in a nearby
     ditch or depression
     and cover your head
     with your hands
   – Do not get under an
     overpass or bridge
   – Never try to outrun a
     tornado
   – Watch out for flying
     debris
                   Floods
• Flood
  – An overflow of water into a normally dry area
    from an established watercourse
    such as a river, stream, drainage
    ditch or pond

• How do you know if a flood is coming?
  – NOTICE – if it’s been raining for several hours
    or days
  – LISTEN – to weather radio, regular radio or TV
Floods



 • Floods are the #1 natural
   disaster in the US – and
   most people killed in floods
   drown in moving water
    – Just six inches of moving water
      can make you fall down
    – Six inches of water will reach the
      bottom of most cars and make
      them lose control or stall
               Turn Around!

– One foot of water will
  float most cars
– Two feet of rushing
  water can carry away
  most vehicles including
  SUVs & pick-up trucks
– Obey all official signs &
  barricades
– Don’t play or swim in
  flood water
Stay Safe
                    The End!




             ReadyWisconsin.wi.gov
• For more information about “Getting Storm Ready” – visit
  our Ready Wisconsin web site
• Thank you for being such a GREAT bunch of listeners!

				
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