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Severe Weather

Prepare for Severe Weather

o   Know your area’s risk for severe weather, such as thunderstorms, lighting, and straight-line winds.

o   Identify nearby sturdy buildings, near where you live, work, attend school, etc., where you can take shelter in severe weather.

o   Cut down or trim trees that may be in danger of falling on your home.

o   Consider purchasing surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system to protect your home, appliances, and electronic devices.

Protect Yourself

o   When thunder roars, go indoors.  A sturdy building the safest place to be during a thunderstorm.

o   Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of thunderstorms, and other severe weather threats.

o   When you receive a thunderstorm or severe weather warning, go inside immediately.

o   If indoors, avoid running water or using landline telephones.  Electricity can travel through plumbing and phone lines.

o   Unplug appliances and other electric devices.  Secure outside furniture.

o   If boating or swimming, get to land and find a sturdy grounded shelter or vehicle immediately.

o   If necessary, take shelter in a car with a metal top and sides.  Do not touch anything metal.

o   Avoid flooded roadways.  Six inches of moving water can knock a person down.  One foot of moving water can sweep an automobile away.

After the Storm

o   Listen to authorities and weather forecasts for information on whether it is safe to go outside, and for instructions regarding potential flash flooding.

o   Watch for fallen power lines and trees.  Report them immediately and do not go near them.

Related Resources

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency
Patrick C. Sheehan, Director

3041 Sidco Dr.
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 741-0001
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