Emergency Preparedness for Severe Weather
Denver generally enjoys beautiful weather year-round! Located in western North Carolina our days are usually sunny and warm. Winters are mild, spring comes early and summers are filled with clear blue skies!
Even though Denver's weather is great most of the time it's important to be prepared for the occasional bad weather that can suddenly strike. Spring and fall are the times of the year when thunderstorms and tornadoes are most likely to occur. However, severe weather is unpredictable and can strike at any time, so be prepared.
Knowing what to do during bad weather can mean the difference between life and death. The information below offers some good tips and advice from the Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA) for dealing with severe weather. This information can keep you safe and save a life so take time to read it over. If you have children be sure to share it with them and have a plan for your family in the event that bad weather strikes.
Have a Disaster Plan for Your Family
During a Thunderstorm
If in a Car
After a Thunderstorm
Check for Injuries
A "Tornado Watch" indicates that weather conditions may cause tornadoes to develop in an area.
A "Tornado Warning" is issued by local weather bureau offices when a tornado funnel has actually been sighted or indicated by radar.
A "Tornado Warning" covers a short period of time and specific small areas.
The warning will indicate where the tornado was detected and the area through which it is expected to move.
A "Tornado Warning" means that persons in the expected path of the storm should take shelter immediately.
During a Tornado
If at Work
In office buildings, go to an interior hallway on a lower floor, preferably in the basement or designated shelter area.
In factories, go to a section of the plant offering the greatest protection. Under stairways or other structurally strong location is best.
Avoid open areas with large, free-span roofs.
An Individual should be assigned responsibility for disconnecting fuel lines and electric circuits.
Keep a lookout posted.
If at Home
Go to a storm cellar, underground excavation, or the southwest corner of the basement.
If you have no basement, choose an inside wall away from windows and lie flat against it. Central halls, bathrooms, and closets are good places.
Get under sturdy furniture, if possible, to protect yourself from flying glass and debris.
Stay away from windows!
Use a battery powered radio to listen for the latest weather and storm information.
in a Mobile Home
(Trailer or doublewide)
Do not wait until the last minute to react when a tornado warning has been issued.
Quickly go to the nearest community shelter, other sturdy building or storm cellar if possible.
Mobile homes should be secured to the ground. They are especially dangerous during high winds and may be overturned.
If at School
Go to the designated shelter area. If no shelter area exists go to an interior hallway on the lowest floor.
Avoid gymnasiums, auditoriums and other areas with large, free-span roofs.
Flash Flood Safety Tips
Before a Flood
Electrical panel boxes, water heaters, washers, dryers and other appliances should be elevated or relocated to a location less likely to be flooded.
Move essential items and furniture to the upper floors of the house or to a location less likely to be flooded.
Keep materials like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber handy for emergency waterproofing.
Keep important documents and medicines in a bag or container that you can quickly take with you in the event that you must evacuate.
Take pets and animals to high ground or, at the very least, release them. Animals in cages, pens, stables, barns or on leashes have a much smaller chance of survival than if left free to fend for themselves.
Before, During and After a Flash Flood
Do not walk through flowing water.
Do not drive through a flooded area.
Look out for animals, especially snakes.
Stay away from power and electrical lines.
Have electricity turned off.
Be alert for gas leaks. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage.