SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The National Weather Service is predicting severe weather for Easter Sunday. Are you prepared?
“All modes of severe weather are possible Sunday afternoon and Sunday night across Central Alabama,” said the NWS in Birmingham. “Now is the time to ensure you have multiple ways to get the warning and know where you need to be if severe weather threatens your location.”
With strong storms and possible tornadoes forecast in the area for this weekend, it is a good time for homeowners to make sure you are ready to weather the storm, while following the safety guidelines regarding COVID-19.
State Farm is reminding property owners that a little preparation can make a big difference when it comes to safety and security during strong storms. Homeowners can protect themselves and their property with a few easy steps.
Proper planning can help save your family from injury and inconvenience when severe weather strikes.
- Prepare your family for severe winds by creating a disaster preparedness plan, including a disaster survival kit and an emergency evacuation plan.
Stay informed on the potential for severe winds:
- Getting up-to-the-minute information is an important part of staying safe in any weather emergency.
- When severe weather threatens, tune in to a NOAA Weather Radio or battery-powered radio for updates.
- A high wind advisory means that sustained winds of over 25 miles per hour are predicted.
- Thunderstorm , tornado , and hurricane warnings should be taken very seriously, as they mean that severe weather has been spotted and is on its way.
Find shelter during severe weather:
- When severe winds occur, move to the middle of your home or basement, away from windows and glass doors.
- Try to take cover under a staircase or a heavy piece of furniture.
- Do not stay in a manufactured home during severe winds. They are easily overturned by high winds, and flying debris can puncture their light frames and exteriors.
- If you live an area prone to severe winds, you may want to build a safe room in your home. A safe room is an area of your home that has been reinforced to provide protection from broken glass and flying debris.
- An experienced contractor can build a safe room with a reinforced roof, walls, and ceilings in a new or existing home.
Wherever you seek shelter, be sure to bring your family disaster kit with you.