Be prepared and safe in tornado season! Here’s everything you need to know about preparing for severe weather

tornado sirens
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Updated: Mar. 15, 2021 at 2:15 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - It’s severe weather season and this is a good time to review and have a plan in place especially since we have a moderate risk of severe weather (category 4 out of 5) on Wednesday.

WMC Severe Wx Safety Checklist
WMC Severe Wx Safety Checklist(WMC)

Make sure you have several ways to receive warnings.

The First Alert Weather App is a good source and it’s free!

Other sources:

  • NOAA Weather Radio
  • WMC Action News 5 on your TV and or online

If all else fails tune in on FM Radio.

Tornado sirens are good but can be unreliable as they are not designed to be heard indoors.

The Categories

Know the terms:

Tornado terminology
Tornado terminology(WMC)

Know where to go in the event you have to take action. Be sure to have a way to protect your head from flying debris by having helmets on hand or covering up with a mattress.

Know where to go during a tornado
Know where to go during a tornado(N OAA)

If you are on the road, abandon your car for better shelter. If nothing else, lie flat in a ditch.

What to do if on the road during a tornado
What to do if on the road during a tornado(NOAA)

If you are in a mobile home abandon for a sturdier shelter, if no other option lie flat in a ditch.

NOAA Tornado Sheltering Guidelines
NOAA Tornado Sheltering Guidelines(NOAA)

When it comes to COVID-19 and severe weather safety, be sure to protect yourself from a potential tornado.

Storm Safety & COVID
Storm Safety & COVID(WMC)

Keep with the WMC Action News 5 First Alert Weather Team for the latest weather information. Search “WMC” in the Apple App Store or Google Play.

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