Severe weather can occur any time of the year in the South, so we need to be prepared at all times.
Keep in mind that some severe thunderstorms can be just as destructive as some tornadoes. Take cover from them as you would a tornado.
Know the difference between a watch and a warning.
Make sure you stay tuned to Meteorologist Mark in the days leading up the storms and during the storms. Rely on me to prepare you before and during the event. Rely on the NWS to issue warnings during the event, as only they can officially issue warnings.
Before the Storm
Get a weather radio. I recommend a Midland weather radio. They are available on Amazon, Walmart, and others.
Download the Red Cross Tornado App. (You may also like an app from a Knoxville tv station)
Have multiple ways to get warnings. Have a weather radio, an app, radio, tv, someone to call/text.
Get a helmet. Protecting the head from flying debris is critical.
Have a battery-powered radio to keep up with the latest info.
Get a whistle(s). If you or someone in your household need to be found, having a whistle to blow can help searchers locate you.
Reflective vests can make you easier to spot, as well.
Have something fun/distracting for the kids to do, such as puzzles, games, cards, etc.
Decide where the family will meet after the storm if you’re separated. Keep in mind that cell phones usually don’t work in the aftermath of a bad storm. Make sure the meeting place is a place that can’t be destroyed by the storm, such as a driveway or other ground landmark nearby.
Stress the importance of staying away from downed powerlines, especially to the kids.
If you live in a mobile home make plans now for sturdier shelter. If you have a neighbor with studier shelter just ask if you can come over for a few minutes if a warning is issued.
Finally, prepare for long-duration power outages.
Also, make sure you know where you’re at. Know your county’s name and the names of the surrounding counties. It’s also a good idea to know the name of your community and surrounding communities. Know where you are relative to Crossville and Jamestown (ie. north, south, etc.).
During the Storm
Always go to the lowest level of the house. Then, get in the middle of the house and put as many walls as you can between you and the storm and take cover.
Keep your shoes on. Walking on broken glass is no fun.
Put pets in carriers for their protection. Also, pets tend to run away after storms, especially cats.
It’s a good idea to make sure you know where important papers are. A safety deposit box for original copies of important documents could save you a lot of trouble.
Got sentimental pictures in the house? Take a picture of them. Better yet, scan them and save them digitally, just in case you lose them.
In rare cases, a specialized warning will be issued called a particular dangerous situation. Take these very seriously.