WESTFIELD, Ind.—This week’s tragedy in southern Indiana is a stark reminder of the dangers of severe storms. As we mark the beginning of the severe weather season, the Westfield Fire Department urges residents to protect their families by preparing for severe weather. With the help of Indiana’s Department of Homeland Security, we provide the following tips to prepare for severe weather.
Know the difference between a WATCH and a WARNING
- A severe thunderstorm WATCH means severe storms are likely to develop.
- A severe thunderstorm WARNING means that severe thunderstorm has been sight or indicated on radar.
Prepare ahead of time
- Keep trees trimmed to help them avoid falling onto your home or vehicles.
- Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury.
If a thunderstorm is coming or likely to develop
- Close window blinds, shades, or curtains—this will prevent glass from shattering into your home.
- Turn off and unplug all electrical equipment, including computers, telephones, and televisions.
- Turn off the air conditioner—power surges from lightning can overload the compressor resulting in a costly repair.
- Avoid showering or bathing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
This week’s tips will help you and your family prepare for a storm. Next week, we’ll provide helpful tips on what to do when a storm actually hits.