Ask yourself these questions today.
1. What’s the difference between a watch and warning?
2. How will you receive a warning?
Being prepared for severe weather season means understanding your risk.
Severe weather outlooks are meant to raise your awareness to the potential of severe storms. Here is a closer look at what each outlook level means.
Do you know the differences between a severe weather watch and severe weather warning?
A watch means “be ready to take action”. A warning means “TAKE ACTION”. Here is a closer look at the differences.
There are many ways to receive weather watches and warnings.
You should not put all your eggs into one basket when it comes to being aware.
Have multiple methods of getting a warning, here are a few examples!
A great way to stay weather informed and prepared is by following your local office on Twitter.
As we continue severe weather awareness week, here are the offices that serve South Dakota.
What do you do when severe weather threatens after dark?
If storms are in the forecast, DO NOT go to bed unprepared. Have at least one source to receive warnings and alerts. Multiple sources are even better!
Some may be relying on sirens as their only way to receive weather warnings.
HOWEVER, outdoor warning sirens are only meant to warn those OUTDOORS, not INDOORS.
This is why it's critical to always have MULTIPLE ways to receive a severe weather warning.
Wireless Emergency Alerts will alert your phone if you are located in a: Tornado warning Severe t-storm warning with 80+ mph winds or 2.75" hail Did you disable this feature on your phone?
Please consider re-enabling this feature. http://ready.gov/alerts