Everyone in West Michigan needs to be ready for severe weather. With how quickly our weather can change it’s important to always be informed of current and future weather conditions.
Having an NOAA weather radio will always keep you up to date. Just in case your TV, cell phone or internet doesn’t work during severe weather. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
It is essential to understand the difference between a “Watch” and a “Warning.”
A Tornado Watch signals that tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. During a tornado watch, review and discuss your emergency plan with your household, and make sure your emergency kit is nearby.
A Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Tornado warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Go immediately underground to a basement, storm cellar or an interior room (closet, hallway or bathroom).
It’s also a great idea to have at least one person in the household who knows first aid and CPR.
Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives!