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Based on recent experiences and lessons learned from other severe weather events, here are some things to think about as you prepare for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms:
One of the most important things you can do is to stay informed about what's expected. Outlooks and forecasts will change several times between now and when the storms happen, so if you want to be informed you need to check for the latest weather information often.
Don't get too hung up on words like "outbreak", "moderate risk", etc. NWS meteorologists are on duty 24 hours a day and will be providing the most up-to-date and detailed information possible. There's still quite a bit of uncertainty about what's going to happen, so this is not a time to panic, but a time to prepare.
Is Your Shelter Ready?
If you have your tornado shelter area picked out - whether it's a closet or bathroom, a safe room or underground shelter - think about what you need to take to your shelter if you need to use it. Wear shoes; grab your car keys and cell phone. Do you have a pet? You might want to bring a leash or pet carrier. These are the kinds of things you might not think about but that can make a big difference if your home is damaged.
Taking shelter: what if you're away from home?
You may have a well thought-out safety plan at home, work and school, but none of that will help you if you're traveling on the road, at an outdoor event or in other unfamiliar locations. Your safety is totally your responsibility and you should not depend on anyone else to tell you where to go and when to go there. You have to think about this in advance.
For example, if you're attending a football game, how will you know a watch or warning has been issued? If you leave the game to drive home, how you will know if you're driving into a dangerous storm?
Now is the time to think ahead and make your plans! Taking a few minutes to do that now can make a huge difference if you need to make those critical decisions later.
Remember that outdoor warning devices (sirens) are not intended to warn people inside buildings or cars. They are designed to alert people who are outside. Don't rely on a warning siren as your main warning source!
Most communities do not have public shelters. Your best option is usually to shelter in place.
Receiving a Warning
You need to have more than one way to get a tornado warning! For most people, the main way is television, but what happens when the power goes out, you lose your cable or satellite signal, or the TV meteorologists are not talking about the storm near you? TV alone is not enough!
A weather radio - with battery backup - can give you warnings for your county and those around you. If you have a weather radio, this is a good time to make sure it's working. Can you hear the broadcast clearly? If you're not getting a clear signal, you may not get the warning alarm. Is the radio programmed correctly for your county? Is the radio in a location where someone will hear it when it sounds an alarm?
Your main goal when taking shelter from a tornado is to put as many barriers between you and the flying and falling debris as you can. This is why it's best to get as deep inside a sturdy building as you can, on the lowest floor possible. But even there, it's good to have more padding and protection, and this might include pillows, couch cushions, sleeping bags, comforters, blankets, quilts, coats/jackets and even a mattress (if you can move it to your shelter in time).
Where is Your Shelter?
If you live in a mobile home and your tornado safety plan involves you having to travel to a shelter - whether it's down the road or across town - you have to allow yourself plenty of time to get there. You probably can't wait until a tornado warning is issued for your area to travel to shelter. And if you wait until you hear sirens sounding or think you'll be able to see or hear the tornado, you're not going to have enough time to get to a safe place. Being in a car is one of the worst places you can be with a tornado nearby, so leave yourself plenty of time to get to your safe place!
Tornado Shelter Fashion
Does it matter what you wear when you're taking shelter from a tornado? Absolutely!
Picture yourself walking through tornado debris - wood, broken glass, insulation, nails and other sharp objects, in the dark, in the rain with strong winds blowing. You'll be much better off wearing long pants and a long sleeve shirt along with sturdy shoes versus shorts and flip flops.
With heavy rains and strong winds moving through portions of Texas this week, the National Weather Service and the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Department of Public Safety continue to urge Texans to avoid low water crossings and driving on flooded roadways.
Many flood-related injuries and deaths could be avoided if drivers would turn around and choose a different route when they see water across a road. When there’s water running across a road, drivers should always turn around and choose a different route. These are the facts:
- Six inches of water can cause tires to lose traction and begin to slide.
- Twelve inches of water can float many cars. Two feet of rushing water will carry off pick-up trucks, SUVs and most other vehicles.
- Water across a road may hide a missing segment of roadbed or a missing bridge.
- In flash floods, waters rise so rapidly they may be far deeper by the time you are halfway across, trapping you in your vehicle.
- Flash floods are especially treacherous at night when it is very difficult to see how deep waters may be or how fast water is rising.
- Floodwater weakens roadbeds. Drivers should proceed cautiously after waters have receded, since the road may collapse under the weight of the vehicle.
Lives can be saved every year if Texas drivers follow this one rule: when there’s water on the road, turn around, don’t drown.
For additional information, visit http://www.srh.noaa.gov/srh/tadd/ or contact the National Weather Service at 817 978-1111 ext. 140.
The Haltom City Fire/Rescue Department reminds you that every bedroom in your house needs a working smoke alarm. Half of home fire deaths happen between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., when most people are asleep. Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms.
For the best protection, install interconnected smoke alarms in your home. This way, when one sounds, they all sound.
Be sure to test alarms at least once a month by pushing the alarm's test button. Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 year sold or if they do not sound when tested. Some people, especially children and older adults, may need help to wak up. Make sure it is someone's responsibility tol wake them if the smoke alarm sounds.
If your alarm does go off, get outside and stay outside. Meet all inhabitants at a predetermined meeting place outside of your home. Call the fire department from a cellphone or a neighbor’s phone, and stay outside until the fire department says it’s safe to go back inside.
From: Fire Marshal Fred Napp
Bulletin # 16-002
Subject: Arson Investigation: Vehicle Arson at 2904 Eastridge on 10/2/2016
At approximately 2:15 a.m. on the morning of October 2, 2016 an unknown male (pictured below) and an accomplice set fire to a 2010 Nissan Altima parked in the driveway of 2904 Eastridge in Haltom City. A portion of the crime was captured on security video. Three minutes prior to the fire the suspect vehicle pictured above drive past the scene heading south on Eastridge. One minute later, the vehicle drives north on Eastridge with the headlights turned off. A witness north of the scene stated the vehicle was parked just north of the residence. One minute after the vehicle goes north out of the picture, the fire starts and the suspect can be seen running north. The suspect is approximately 6’ tall with short hair. He was wearing dark shoes with white soles, light color shorts, possibly jean shorts, a light colored t-shirt, and a ball cap turned backward. A witness stated the cap had a red bill. The witness stated the suspect was carrying a fuel can in his left hand and got into the passenger door of the car which then sped north and turned back to the west.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact Haltom City Fire Marshal Fred Napp at 817-759-8664 or by filling out this contact form. You may also contact the Haltom City Police Department at 817-222-7000.