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Severe Weather Tips

There are many different types of storms or severe weather that can affect your neighborhood. These tips are here to help make sure you're as prepared as possible for any type of storm! 

Heat | Hurricanes | Lightning | Wind | Winter Storms


  • Eliminate non-essential electric consumption
  • Put air conditioners on timers and don't let them run when not at home
  • Set air conditioners at 78 degrees or higher if health allows
  • Use fans to circulate cool air, which helps cut air conditioner use
  • Set refrigerators and freezers at most efficient temperatures
  • Run major appliances such as washers, dryers, dishwashers, and pool pumps in the morning or late evening to avoid peak demand hours of 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Turn off everything you’re not using: lights, TVs, computers, etc. Use dimmers, timers and motion detectors on indoor and outdoor lighting.
  • Close blinds, shades and draperies facing the sun to keep the sun’s heat out and help fans and air conditioners cool more efficiently.

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  • Listen to local radio or TV stations for up-to-date storm information.
  • Prepare to bring inside any lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants, and anything else that can be picked up by the wind.
  • Prepare to cover all windows of your home. If shutters have not been installed, use precut plywood as described above. Note: Tape does not prevent windows from breaking, so taping windows is not recommended.
  • Set your refrigerator/freezer to the coldest setting to keep food fresh longer if the power goes out.
  • Fill your car's gas tank.
  • Have cash on hand. ATMs will not work without power.
  • Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first aid supplies, drinking water, and medications.

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  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Go to safe shelter immediately. Get out of boats and away from water.
  • If you feel your skin tingle or your hair stand on end, squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet. Place your hands on your knees with your head between them. Make yourself the smallest target possible; minimize your contact with the ground.
  • If lightning occurs and sturdy shelter is not available, get inside a hard top automobile and keep the windows up.
  • Stay away from telephone lines and metal pipes, which can conduct electricity.
  • Unplug appliances not necessary for obtaining weather information. Use the telephone only for emergencies. Turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can overload the compressors.
  • DO NOT take a bath or shower.

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  • The safest place to during high winds is indoors. Postpone outdoor activities if a wind advisory or high wind warning has been issued
  • Watch for flying debris. Tree limbs may break and street signs may become loose during strong wind gusts. Keep an eye toward nearby balconies for loose objects that may fall.
  • Bring in unsecured objects from patios and balconies and secure outdoor objects such as lawn furniture or garbage cans that could blow away and cause damage or injury.
  • If you are outside when High Winds begin, take cover next to a building or under a shelter. Stand clear of roadways or train tracks, as a gust may blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
  • If winds are severe enough to prevent safe driving, get onto the shoulder of the road and stop, making sure you are away from trees or other tall objects that could fall onto your vehicle. Stay in the car and turn on the hazard lights until the wind subsides.

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Winter Storms

  • Be cautious when driving as roads may become icy.
  • If you can avoid going outside during a winter storm – do so!

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Last Updated 10/17/2016 5:02 PM