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Aug 2

Preparing for Flooding and Tornadoes

Posted By iamincontrol | August 2, 2018

Summer in Iowa can mean lots of storms and tornado warnings. Here’s what you need to know to be ready for extreme weather.

One easy thing you can do is go to the Iowa Flood Information System website and set up text alerts for flood warnings. Of course, it’s still important to have a plan in place for when you get the alert.

When it comes to tornados, it’s important to know the right terminology. A tornado watch means that the weather is right for a tornado to happen. A tornado warning means that one has been spotted. Make sure you know what county you are in and what counties are around you so you can check weather alerts on the news. If there is a warning- go to your basement or the lowest floor bathroom, closet, or stairwell to stay safe. After a tornado, be careful to stay away from damaged buildings and power lines.

For both floods and tornados, it’s important to have a safety plan and an emergency supply kit. To learn more about building an emergency supply kit, check out this link: https://www.beready.iowa.gov/be_prepared/build_a_kit.html