When the longer days and warmer temperatures of springtime arrive, there’s nothing better than getting outside and enjoying yourself.
That said, springtime weather can seemingly change at the drop of a hat, changing from mild and sunny to stormy with little warning. It’s key that while you’re out basking in the nicer weather, you’re also ready in case it takes a turn, resulting in a thunderstorm, a tornado and/or flooding.
- Always plan ahead and be prepared, as spring weather can be difficult to predict.
- Check the forecast before hiking, camping, fishing, boating and so forth; make a change of plans if bad weather looks to be coming your way.
- Keep an emergency kit on hand at all times that includes a map, a First Aid Kit, plenty of food and clean water, a signal mirror, emergency blankets, ponchos, medical and insurance information, and emergency contact info.
- Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio via smartphone or battery-powered radio to stay on top of the latest weather news.
- In the outdoors, be observant. Dark clouds, strong winds or thunder/lighting are all indications that it’s time to find shelter, even if the forecast says otherwise.
- In the case of a tornado threat, move to any nearby campground shelters or other secure structures. If no shelter is available, lie down and cover your head in a low area, such as a ravine or ditch.
- You should not try to get in your vehicle to try to escape a tornado.
- If facing the threat of a thunderstorm, strong winds or hail, it is best to seek shelter in a structure or in a hard-topped vehicle. When these shelters are not available, try to shield yourself from the elements with natural safe areas such as a cave.
- When facing potential flooding, move to high ground immediately.
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