Monday, March 25, 2013

Severe Weather Awareness Week

The calendar says it is Spring...which means it is time to start preparing for the severe weather season.

Are you prepared for severe weather to strike?
Do you now the difference between a severe weather watch and warning?
Do you know where to take shelter in the event of a tornado warning?

Severe Weather Awareness week, provides the opportunity to review our severe weather plan, brush upon severe weather terms and actually participate in the statewide Tornado Warning drill on Wednesday, March 27.

According to the National Weather Service, even with the drought like conditions in 2012, 44 tornadoes were reported, which is only 9 less than the 30 - year average of 53. Hail the size of softballs (Hastings - May 2 and Coleridge - May 27). Wind gusts over 80 mph (Blair - May 19) and even flash flooding were just some of the severe weather reports across the state in 2012.

No one knows for sure what kind of weather 2013 will bring, but if we don’t take this opportunity to prepare, even for just a few minutes, it could cost us all in the end.

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