Staying Aware of the Weather
Ready, Set, Go: This is the mindset we want people to be in when it comes to being prepared for hazardous weather.
Before Severe Weather Season: Develop an emergency plan and practice it regularly.
Here are a few questions to ask when developing your plan:
Ready: At this stage, the National Weather Service sees something on the horizon that may end up being a widespread severe weather event in the future. The Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the local NWS offices will give you this information. Also, the Storm Prediction Center issues thunderstorm outlooks that give an idea of where severe thunderstorms may develop in the next 8 days. At this stage you should make sure your emergency plan and supply kit are up-to-date.
Set: In this stage, we are confident that a hazardous weather event will occur, but are not sure of the exact timing, location, or impact of the event. For severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, a Watch is issued to give the public a heads up that they need to be prepared for the possibility of severe weather within the next 8 hours. At this stage you should keep abreast on the latest weather conditions, and be ready to implement your emergency plan at a moments notice.
Go: When we hit this stage, we are confident that a thunderstorm is producing severe weather and we issue a Warning. The lead time can be just precious minutes out to an hour. At this stage, you should activate your emergency plan.
FEMA, the Red Cross, local emergency management, and the National Weather Service can help you develop your plan. Here are a few websites with guidance in making your emergency plan:
NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards - Popular Features
Internet: The National Weather Service's webpage at http://weather.gov allows you a fast and easy look at where the hazards are occurring for the current day. To find out information for your local area, just click on the map in your general area.
Broadcast TV and Radio Stations: Most local radio and television stations across the state automatically receive hazardous watches and warnings and help disseminate that information over the air. They have local knowledge and want to be able to provide their viewers and listeners with the best information they can.
Wireless / Cell Phone technologies: Many cell phone providers are including an option of getting warnings on your cell phone through text messaging or other means. Check with your provider to see if they offer a service like this. There are also some NWS programs that allow you to get alerts on your mobile device. For more information see: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/cte.htm
Weather Radio Sites Across The Region