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Severe Weather Safety: Before and After the Storm

Severe Weather Safety: Before and After the Storm

Even a decade after the devastating storms that hit Alabama in April of 2011 we are once again preparing for severe weather. As often as they occur, it can be tempting to get complacent about tornados, but since that experience in 2011 there are few in this part of the country that don’t get anxious when the watches and warnings begin. Adding small children to the mix can be especially trying. Below, we’ve done our best to collect information from local experts you may need to prepare to weather the storm and deal with its after effects.

Preparing for Severe Weather

The Weather Authority Team at WHNT-19 has seen their share of bad weather and are kind enough to offer a lot of useful advice for parents who might be new to this type of weather event, or who just want to be sure all their “T”s are crossed. Here you’ll find information about:

  • What to put in your severe weather toolkit.
  • Specific tips for families with babies.
  • A map of local public tornado shelters.
  • Brad’s recommended news and weather apps.

After the Storm is Over

  • Check on your neighbors. If you and your family are lucky enough to be completely fine after the storm then try and call on neighbors, especially the elderly and those with young children, and help ensure they don’t need any help.
  • Limit cell usage to emergencies. It can be tempting to try and call everyone you know to let them know you’re safe and get similar information from others. Establish a family/friend phone tree so you’re not clogging up the lines when they are most needed.
  • Be safe. Don’t touch downed power lines, use precaution with power equipment (e.g. chainsaws, generators).
  • When in doubt, throw it out. If power is out for more than a few hours, has lots of useful  information about what food to keep and what to toss. Basically, two hours above 40 degrees means throw it out.

Local Resources

Stay safe, Rocket City Families.

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View Comments (2)
  • Thank you for this informative information. I rode out the storms 3 yrs ago at Madison Sq Mall with my children. So thankful I went with my gut instinct because my house was hit/damagef by the F5!
    Madison Sq has tornado shelter signs on the lower level in front of the old Dillards store. Is that not a certified tornado shelter? Now I’m curious.
    Hope everyone stays weather aware!

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