LETTER: Severe weather tips

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By The Staff

Tornado season is here, and our community has the chance right now to take some simple steps that can save lives when severe weather hits.

• Make a home tornado plan: Pick an uncluttered place where family members could seek shelter: a basement, a center hallway, bathroom, or closet.

• Create an emergency preparedness kit: Pack a first aid kit and essential medications, canned food and can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries.

• Heed storm warnings: A tornado WATCH means a tornado is possible. When a tornado WARNING is issued, go to a safe place right away. If you’re outside, hurry to the basement of a nearby sturdy building or lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area. If you’re in a car or mobile home, get out immediately and head for safety.

• Prepare for high winds: Removing diseased and damaged limbs from trees. Secure lawn furniture, outdoor decorations, trash cans, hanging plants and anything else that can be picked up by wind.

For more information, contact the Bullitt/Spencer County Service Center of the American Red Cross at 502-955-6259 or visit  http://www.redcross.org. 

Michael D. Crenshaw, Manager

Bullitt/Spencer County Service Center