Severe weather can happen at any time, anywhere.
Being prepared to act quickly could be a matter of survival. Knowing what to do before, during, and following severe weather is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.
Visit weather.gov to get the latest on weather threats.
NOAA Weather Radio is a network of radio stations in the U.S. that broadcast continuous weather information directly from a nearby Weather Forecast Office of the service’s operator, National Weather Service (NWS), an agency of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
NOAA Weather Radio continuously broadcasts National Weather Service warnings, watches, alerts, forecasts, and other hazard information 24 hours a day. It also broadcasts alerts of non-weather emergencies such as national security, natural, environmental, and public safety.
The average range is 40 miles, depending on topography. The National Weather Service recommends purchasing a radio that has both a battery backup and a tone-alert feature which automatically alerts you when a watch or warning is issued.
Make a Weather Disaster Plan
The next step in severe weather preparedness is creating a weather disaster plan, putting an emergency kit together, and keeping important papers and valuables in a safe place.
Most emergency preparedness plans have several steps in common, such as having a well-stocked first aid kit. Some general disaster plan steps and resources common to any weather emergency would benefit most RVers.
Begin your plan with one or more ways of staying on top of weather forecasts. RVers commonly travel with TV reception, computers, or cell phone Internet access, useful for getting weather reports.
Some communities use sirens as a warning system. Check with your campground regarding local siren signals, storm shelters, and its weather emergency plan.
Build an Emergency Kit
Assemble your emergency survival kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and will NOT have time to search for the supplies you need.
Have an emergency package of basic supplies, and keep them readily accessible in an easy-to-carry kit.
Prepare for a weather disaster by gathering emergency supplies including water, non-perishable food, can opener, first aid kit, medications and medical treatment items, flashlights, extra batteries, cell phone with charger, NOAA Weather radio, emergency cash, pet supplies, important personal documents and medical information, road maps, emergency blankets, flameless LED candles, emergency tools, emergency contact information including family, friends, and doctors, and a full tank of fuel.
You personal documents such include copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
Additional Safety Tips
ALWAYS know the county in which you are located, so that you can get accurate weather information (National Weather Service severe weather warnings are issued based on counties).
DO NOT drive into a flooded area.
30/30 Rule – if the time between lightning strikes and thunder is less than 30 seconds, you need to take shelter.
NEVER try to outrun a tornado in any vehicle; instead, take shelter immediately. When a tornado approaches, anyone in its path should move to a pre-designated shelter—preferably a designated storm shelter or basement. Recreational vehicles and mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes and should be abandoned.
Stay in regular contact with your family or close friends—let them know you are safe.
Safety doesn’t happen by accident.