Even though we’ve had our share of snow recently, it’s already time to think about a different type of serious weather. This week (March 1-7) is Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Governor McCrory encouraged everyone in the Triangle to participate in a tornado drill on Wednesday, March 4th. Last year, NC issued 81 tornado warnings and recorded 36 tornadoes. Sometimes, there is very little warning as storms move and change quickly.
Tornado Watch vs. Tornado Warning
Do you know the difference between a tornado “watch” and a “warning”? When we receive these notices through the television, radio, or our mobile devices it’s important to understand the terminology so you can act accordingly. A “watch” means that the conditions are favorable for a tornado. It hasn’t happened in this specific area yet, but there is a strong chance it could. A “warning” means that a tornado is happening right now close to your location – take shelter immediately. The local news channels also have apps, storm trackers, and various methods to utilize technology and cell phone GPS ability to pinpoint warnings/watches down to specific neighborhoods.
ReadyNC.org for more information
At the bottom of the ReadyNC website, there are links to emergency plans for families, seniors, and even how to include pets (as they are family too!). They utilize various social media outlets effectively in getting out their message to everyone in NC. They also have a checklist for an emergency kit that everyone – individuals and businesses – should have handy. It’s better to have it and not need it, than to be lacking when it’s really important.
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