September 17, 2020
Current weather conditions including Hurricane Sally can bring torrential rains, flooding, thunderstorms, and tornadoes. Be prepared to stay at home or find emergency shelter. Always follow the advice of local authorities. Printing information on how to stay safe can be especially helpful in case the power goes out. Follow these tips below and click on the links to learn more as we face the current storms and prepare for ones that may come.
COVID-19 and wildfires are other serious threats to health and safety affecting our nation right now. To learn more about how to stay safe from these threats, visit CDC’s Natural Disasters, Severe Weather, and COVID-19 page.
Knowing what to do when you see a tornado, or when you hear a tornado warning, can help protect you and your family. During a tornado, people face hazards from extremely high winds and risk being struck by flying and falling objects. After a tornado, the wreckage left behind poses additional injury risks. Although nothing can be done to prevent tornadoes, there are actions you can take for your health and safety.
Take shelter immediately if you receive a tornado warning. A tornado warning is issued when a tornado funnel is sighted or indicated by weather radar.
Be safe after a tornado. Many tornado-related injuries happen after the tornado has passed.
Floods, big or small, can have devastating effects on your home and your family. You can take steps to reduce the harm caused by flooding. Learn how to prepare for a flood, stay safe during a flood, and protect your health when you return home after a flood.
Many of the steps you can take to prepare for a tornado or severe storm can also help you prepare for flooding.
Plan and prepare ahead of the flood, listen to local authorities, and check to make sure your home and car are ready.
You may need to evacuate if a flood approaches your area. Never ignore an evacuation order— authorities will direct you to leave if you are in a low-lying area or within the greatest potential path of rising waters.
If a flood warning is issued for your area or you are directed by authorities to evacuate the area:
If you are NOT ordered to evacuate, to get through the storm in the safest possible manner:
Even if you haven’t been ordered to evacuate yet, it’s always best to be prepared when a flood watch is issued. If you need to escape flood waters do not stay in the attic, even as a last resort. You could become trapped by the rising flood water. If the highest floor of your home becomes dangerous, get on the roof. Call 911 for help and stay on the line until answered.
During a flood, stay out of floodwater and don’t drive in flooded areas. As little as six inches of water can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Floodwater and standing waters may pose risks, including drowning, injuries, and hazards from chemicals, sewage, or bacteria that may be in the water. Don't allow children to play in or near flood waters
When returning to a home that’s been flooded after natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods, be aware that your house may be contaminated with mold or sewage, which can cause health risks for your family.