Every year in the United States, hundreds of people are killed and thousands injured because of the weather. Dangerous weather can take many forms, ranging from violent tornadoes to crippling winter storms. With the notable exception of hurricanes, Iowa can experience any of these dangerous phenomena. This week we're sharing some Weather-Ready knowledge to help you know the hazards, how you can be prepared and ready to react to dangerous weather.
What should you do when the lightning and thunder stops and it looks likes the severe thunderstorm is over?
- Stay Informed: Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay updated about severe thunderstorm watches and warnings. More severe thunderstorms could be headed your way. Sign up here for WENS/Alert Iowa Alerts! In the event of an emergency, an alert will be sent to the phone number(s) you provide and/or your email address. This is a free service provided by Jasper County, however, normal message fees may apply. To receive text messages to your cell phone, your cell phone must have text messaging capabilities.
- Contact Your Family and Loved Ones: Let your family and close friends know that you're okay so they can help spread the word. Text messages or social media are more reliable forms of communication than phone calls.
- Assess the Damage: After you are sure the severe weather threat has ended, check your property for damages. When walking through storm damage, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes. Contact local authorities if you see power lines down. Stay out of damaged buildings. Be aware of insurance scammers if your property has been damaged.
- Help Your Neighbor: If you come across people that are injured and you are properly trained, if needed, provide first aid to victims until emergency response team members arrive.