States across the country designate a week during the month of March as Severe Weather Preparedness Week – a time to remind residents of the dangers of severe weather. The National Weather service will test emergency equipment during this week and share potentially life-saving information with residents.
In Nebraska, Severe Weather Preparedness Week is Monday, March 27 – Friday, March 31. In Iowa, the awareness week is this week, March 21 – 25.
There has already been an outbreak of tornadoes and severe storms this Spring in Texas and Louisiana. The Rooferees have seen firsthand the devastating impact severe weather can have on properties, and the risk of human loss makes the preparedness weeks even more important.
The Rooferees suggest you keep these tips in mind:
- Be aware of weather reports, especially this time of year.
- If you hear warning sirens, heed them, and get to a safe place.
- Make sure your family knows the plan and where you will meet – the lowest level of your home, away from windows, or in a ditch on the side of the road if you are in your vehicle.
- It’s a good idea to have an emergency kit prepared in your safe place. Include a weather radio, water, blankets, and snacks.
- Most importantly, don’t ignore warning sirens!
Just last summer, the Omaha area suffered significant damage from strong spring and summer storms. Trees were uprooted into home, windows were broken, and roofs were blown off homes and buildings.
Be aware of weather, especially this time of year. You can find additional weather safety information here – www.weather.gov/safety