Are you prepared for dangerous weather? Experts have tips for Severe Weather Awareness Week

It's Severe Weather Awareness Week, and experts have tips on how New Yorkers can prepare ahead and stay safe.

News 12 Staff

Apr 26, 2022, 12:28 AM

Updated 810 days ago

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It's Severe Weather Awareness Week, and experts have tips on how New Yorkers can prepare ahead and stay safe.
News 12 meteorologist Richard Von Ohlen says severe weather is defined as thunderstorms with winds of 58 mph or higher, or a hail of 1 inch or more. Tornadoes, lightning and storms that cause flooding fall under severe weather as well.
When driving during severe conditions, the American Red Cross says to keep in mind "turn around, don't drown."
"Flood waters can take you away in two feet of water. If you do get caught, make sure to roll your windows down as much as possible,” says Stephanie Dunn Ashley, the chief executive officer of the American Red Cross.
If that's not possible, the headrest has another use other than providing comfort.
"You can take the headrest off the back of your seat and use that medal portion to try to open the windows,” Dunn Ashley says.
News 12 checked in with Jeannette, a Hudson Valley resident that was hit hard by Ida. She says she's always taken preventive measures.
"Everybody on the street pretty much knows to move the cars to higher ground before the water comes up. Have what you need inside. If you're going to evacuate, evacuate before it gets bad,” Jeanette says.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of Americans don't have emergency supplies. Experts recommend having water, batteries and a flashlight.
Nonperishable items and any other essentials can go into that kit too.
New York State list four final steps for personal preparedness:
  • Make a plan.  Identify a safe place to take shelter – for you and your family.
  • Prepare a kit with emergency supplies.
  • Be informed of emergency alerts and local emergency orders. 
  • Get involved. Learn more about emergency plans and personal preparedness tips. 


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