Be prepared for severe spring weather


Spring is approaching and with warmer temperatures comes a greater chance for severe weather. There are many resources available for Ohioans to better prepare for severe weather.

Spring hazards include:

• Tornadoes

• Floods

• Lightning

• Heat

Know Your Risk

Check every morning. It is a simple action that will ensure that you’re ready for the day’s weather. Don’t leave home without knowing the forecast.

Be Prepared

Assemble an emergency supplies kit with 72 hours worth of food and water. In an emergency (such as after a tornado or some other natural hazard event), you may be stuck at home without electricity for three days or more. Make sure that you’re prepared. Also, ensure that everyone in your life knows how to stay in touch with an emergency communication plan. This plan lists meeting places and alternate ways of communicating in case of emergency.

What you should know about severe weather

• Know what to do before, during, and after severe weather.

• Create a communications plan with your family before severe weather hits.

• Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.

• Listen to local officials.

• Check your insurance policies to ensure you have enough coverage.

• Evacuate if advised by local authorities.

Severe weather can strike at any time. Know the risk in your area and get prepared.

By Senator Sherrod Brown

For The Register-Herald

Reach Sherrod Brown at [email protected].

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