Make sure you and your family are prepared for ALL weather by doing the following:
- Check the forecast regularly.
- Sign-up for notifications - to sign-up for Gloucester County weather alerts click here.
- Thoroughly check and update your family’s emergency supply kit before weather approaches.
- Have a plan for indoor and outdoor pets. Learn more about pet preparedness.
- Check with family and neighbors and help them prepare.
- Know the terms:
- Tornado WATCH: A tornado is possible in your area. You should monitor weather-alert radios and local radio and TV stations for information.
- Tornado WARNING: A tornado has been sighted in the area or has been indicated by National Weather Service Doppler radar. When a warning is issued, take cover immediately.
- Create a plan
- Decide where you will go in case of a tornado warning. Include an emergency meeting place for your family.
- Pick a safe room in your home:
- Storm cellars or basements give the best protection
- If an underground shelter is not available, go into a windowless interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
- Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls. Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners because they attract debris.
- If you are in a high-rise building, you may not have enough time to go to the lowest floor. Pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building.
- A vehicle, trailer or mobile home does not provide good protection. Go to a nearby sturdy building, or lie down in a ditch away from your home, covering your head with your hands. Mobile homes are extremely unsafe during tornadoes.
IF YOU ARE AWAY FROM HOME, TAKE THESE STEPS:
- Open buildings (shopping mall, gym or civic center): Try to get into a restroom or interior hallway. If there is no time, get up against something that will support or deflect falling debris. Protect your head by covering it with your arms.
- Cars and trucks: Get out of your vehicle and try to find shelter inside a sturdy building. A culvert or ditch can provide shelter if a substantial building is not nearby. Lie down flat and cover your head with your hands. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
LIGHTNING & THUNDERSTORMS
If you can hear thunder, you can be struck by lightning.
- Know the terms:
- Severe Thunderstorm WATCH: large hail, winds 58 mph or greater or a tornado are possible in your area in the next 3 to 6 hours.
- Severe Thunderstorm WARNING: large hail, winds 58 mph or greater or a tornado are happening in your area or are about to happen.
- Use the 30/30 rule:
- If the time between the flash of lightning and the sound of thunder is 30 seconds or less, then lightning is close enough to strike you. Go inside immediately.
- Wait inside until 30 minutes have passed since the last flash of lightning.
Create a plan:
- Listen to local TV or radio for weather watches and warnings.
- If a thunderstorm is likely in your area, go indoors and use the 30/30 rule.
- Secure outdoor items that could blow away.
- Plumbing, bathroom fixtures and corded telephones can conduct electricity and cause serious injury.
- Unplug computers or television sets to prevent power surges.