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Title: What Are Weather Emergencies?


1
What Are Weather Emergencies?
  • Weather emergencies-dangerous situations brought
    on by changes in the atmosphere.
  • Storms such as tornados, hurricanes, blizzards
    and thunder storms.
  • National Weather Service-monitors the progress of
    storms and periodically issues bulletins about
    what is happening.
  • Watch-issued when weather conditions make it
    likely it will storm.

2
What Are Weather Emergencies?
  • Warning-is issues when an actual weather
    emergency is occurring and people are in
    immediate danger.
  • Follow any instructions given by the NWS.

3
Tornadoes
  • Tornado-a whirling, funnel-shaped windstorm that
    drops from the sky to the ground.
  • Tornados normally occur during the spring and the
    summer.
  • Of all the storms, tornadoes cause the most
    damage.
  • If a tornado watch is issued for your area
  • Use a battery-powered radio and listen for
    updates.
  • Prepare to take shelter.
  • Get supplies ready, food, water and clothes.

4
Tornadoes
  • If a tornado warning is issued take shelter
    immediately.
  • Where to go
  • Cellar or basement.
  • Windowless interior room.
  • Ditch or flat on the ground
  • Stay away from cars, trees, buildings.
  • What to do
  • Cover yourself with anything that can protect
    you.
  • Tornadoes move at 25-40 mph on a narrow path.
  • See 14.6 on page 411.

5
Hurricanes
  • Hurricane-a strong windstorm with driving rain
    that originates at sea.
  • Each hurricane has a center, called the eye.
  • Weather is call in the eye, a circular cloud mass
    whirls around the eye giving the storm its
    fiercest strength.
  • Most hurricanes occur in late summer and early
    fall.
  • Board up windows.
  • Evacuate if advised

6
Hurricanes
  • If no evacuation is advised, stay inside.
  • Be prepared for power loss.
  • Prepare an emergency kit.
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Food
  • Water
  • Radio
  • First aid kit
  • blankets

7
Blizzards
  • Blizzard-a very heavy snowstorm with winds of up
    to 45 mph.
  • Stay inside during a blizzard.
  • Have emergency kit ready.
  • If outside,
  • keep moving and find shelter ASAP.
  • Watch for landmarks along your path.
  • Keep head, nose, mouth, ears covered
  • Hypothermia-sudden and dangerous drop in body
    temperature.

8
Thunderstorms
  • Thunderstorms-heavy rain with thunder and
    lightning.
  • Thunderstorms can be dangerous when it has
    lightning.
  • Stay inside or seek shelter.
  • Be prepared for power outage.
  • Unplug electrical appliances.
  • Avoid using phone or running water.
  • If out side stay low and avoid electric poles,
    trees, water and metal which all attract
    lightning.

9
Natural Disasters
  • Floods
  • If the NWS issues a flood watch for your area
  • Move valuables to higher ground.
  • Listen to the radio for updates.
  • If the NWS issues a flood warning for your area
  • Evacuate your house.
  • Flash floods can happen quickly and be violent.

10
Natural Disasters
  • In any flooding situation
  • Never walk, swim, ride a bike, or drive a car
    through the water. You may drown or be
    electrocuted.
  • Drink only bottled water.
  • Only return home when advised to.
  • Once you return home throw away all food and
    disinfect everything.

11
Natural Disasters
  • Earthquake-a violent shaking of the earths
    surface.
  • Aftershocks-secondary earthquakes.
  • Richter scale-records the amount of ground
    motion.
  • Scale of 1 to 10.
  • Most destructive quakes have a magnitude of 7 or
    more.

12
Natural Disasters
  • Protecting yourself during an earthquake.
  • Indoors
  • Stay away from windows, mirrors, ect.
  • Stay away from tall or heavy objects that can
    fall on you.
  • Stand or crouch in a strongly supported doorway
    or brace yourself in an inside corner of the
    building.
  • Cover your head.
  • Get under a piece of furniture.
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