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Posted on: April 17, 2019

Stay safe, be prepared for spring storms

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Cleburne Fire Department and the Office of Emergency Management know rain and thunderstorms are common this time of year and urge residents to be prepared before severe storms strike.

Severe storms can have multiple impacts to residents in their homes, drivers on their commute, or those outside with threats of high winds, hail, lightning, flooding, and more. Cleburne Fire Department says the best thing residents can do when severe weather is on the horizon is to be alert and aware of current weather conditions.

The City’s Office of Emergency Management provides the CivicReady software, which will text, call, and email emergency alerts to people that have signed up. Those interested can sign up on the City’s website.

Many people are already using cellphones and it helps to download a weather app, especially those from local news stations, which can text updates and alerts directly to your phone. Also having a weather radar app on phones can help people know where a storm is and where it’s moving.

“Having this information will allow you to better plan your commute because no one wants to be caught driving in a hail storm,” Chief Scarborough said. “Most times you can just wait 15–30 minutes for the storm to pass.”

The National Fire Protection Association offers several severe weather tips:

  • Develop and practice an evacuation plan ahead of a severe weather event. Include a plan for pets and add any transportation routes and destinations in the plan. Prepare an emergency supplies kit for both family members and pets ahead of time to take with you. Be prepared to evacuate when authorities tell you to do so.
  • Stay out of flood waters, if possible, and do not drive into flooded areas. Even water only several inches deep can be dangerous.
  • Always assume fallen power lines are energized. Stay away from the area and report any downed lines to authorities immediately.
  • Unplug appliances and other electrical items, such as computers and televisions, to prevent damage from surges caused by lightning strikes.
  • If you evacuated, do not return to your home until local authorities say it is safe.
  • Plan two ways out of the home in case of an emergency. Clear driveway and front walk of ice and snow. This will provide easy access to your home.
  • Make sure your house number can be seen from the street. If you need help, firefighters will be able to find you.
  • Turn around, don’t drown

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