By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 7:30 AM CST
Last year during the storms Booth Fire and Safety posted on Facebook: “Stay Safe South Central KY! If you haven’t already, time to get out the Weather Radio with fresh batteries, spare blankets, shoes, and clothes. Some fresh water is also nice. Prayers of safety to all going out now.” Well, we were spared in Warren County last year but are we more prepared for a storm if it should hit us in 2013?
Here are some great tips as we head in the crazy season of weather ahead:
Look & Listen for
…large hail, heavy rain, strong winds, frequent intense lightning
…bulge with a rotary motion at the base of the thunderstorm cloud …loud roar like the sound of a jet or train.
Seek Safe Shelter
A basement is best. Otherwise choose ground-floor center rooms surrounded by other rooms. Never choose upstairs locations because tornadic wind speeds increase with height above the ground.
Choose rooms on the north and east sides of your shelter if no interior rooms are available. Stay near the innermost walls. Avoid rooms on the south and west, because tornados usually travel from southwest to northeast.
Choose a small closet or bathroom, because small rooms are less susceptible to collapse. Take shelter within the bathtub if there are no glass tub enclosures or large mirrors nearby.
How to Protect Yourself and Your Family
Seek shelter IMMEDIATELY!
Keep a portable TV/radio and flashlight in your shelter.
Wear shoes to protect your feet from broken glass and other debris left by the storm.
Protect head and chest- crouch, face to floor, hands behind head.
Cover yourself with blankets, pillows or coats.
Hide under sturdy furniture.
Avoid candles, gas lanterns and oil lamps.
In schools and offices: seek designated shelter in interior rooms or hallway’s on ground floor, or lowest floor possible.
Avoid auditoriums and gymnasiums. In shopping malls, seek the smaller interior shops on the ground floor.
In shopping centers, avoid large open rooms as well as the south and west walls.
Evacuate mobile homes and vehicles! Seek shelter in substantial structure, ditch or culvert.
Of course you can also call Booth Fire Safety and get a proper kit for the upcoming storms. If you have a business or organization that needs help to insure the safety of the people and building itself, your local choice is Booth Fire and Safety. 538 State Street Bowling Green. Call them at 270.781.3330 or check their website out and fan them on facebook.