Editorial: Severe Weather Awareness Week

Editorial: Severe Weather Awareness Week

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Severe weather and tornados are part of life in Alabama. Gov. Robert Bentley has declared this week Severe Weather Awareness Week for the state. What does this mean to you?

If nothing else it should serve as a reminder to you that severe weather could have an effect on you and your family at any time. The more prepared you are, the better your chances for a safe outcome.

Just in the past five years tornados in Alabama have caused millions of dollars in damage and have taken hundreds of lives, yet most of us don't have a basic plan to help us get through these horrible situations.

Here are a few basic ideas to get you started:

  • Pick out the safest place in the home to meet if a tornado warning occurs. Practice with your family several times a year to make sure that everyone knows what to do and how to get to the place quickly.
  • Have a survival bag built and stored in that area of the house.
  • If you can, purchase a NOAA weather radio. NOAA Radios will provide information from the National Weather Service and if the electricity is out and cell service is down your NOAA radio could be the only thing advising you of a tornados path.
  • Download the WSFA 12 News Weather App and make sure other members of your family do as well. Our team will always have the most up to date information.

We all know tornados are a serious threat. Take the time this week to make sure that you and your family are prepared.

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