The last 24 hours in our region has seem some severe weather. Yesterday afternoon a tornado touched down in Wolcott, CT, just before 1:00 p.m., and this morning one touched down in Revere, MA, only 5 miles from Boston. In addition to the tornadoes, both areas were pounded by heavy rain winds, and microbursts, causing a path of damage.
All of this serves as an important reminder to make sure you’re prepared for emergencies, especially in these hot summer months where the weather can be highly unpredictable and change in an instant.
In 2013 severe weather events in the U.S. cased over $7 billion in damages, and resulted in the deaths of 109 people. Four tornadoes touched down in Connecticut in 2013, and even though tornadoes in our state are often smaller and less intense than other areas, the one on July 10, 2013, still left a path of damage over 11 miles long. Stronger cells are not out of the realm of possibility here in Connecticut, especially this time of year.
Being prepared for severe weather doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, and getting started is the most important step. You don’t want to wait until something happens to find out that you’re not prepared! Having a plan for your family—INCLUDING YOUR ANIMALS—can save a life! Here’s a few things you should know…
Watch: conditions are favorable for a thunderstorm, flood, or tornado.
Warning: a thunderstorm, flood, or tornado is occurring or is likely to occur soon.
· When making a disaster kit, make sure you can take it with you in case of evacuation.
· Always listen to weather reports on the radio or television.
· Never approach downed wires or flooded areas.
· If there are heavy winds, and you cannot get into a basement or secured room, stay in the center of the room, away from doors and windows.