Thursday, September 22, 2016 marks the first day of fall! In Southeast Texas, cooler weather is not quite upon us just yet, but it is important to start thinking about how to stay safe this fall. Random weather can be common during the fall season as temperatures go up and down and the days get shorter.
Workers in our area have been dealing with record high temperatures this week and we are looking forward to some relief as fall brings promises of cooler temperatures. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offer some tips for common weather hazards during both warm and cold months:
1. Know Your Risk: Check the Weather Forecast Daily
Start your day with weather.gov, whether it is on a computer, phone or social media. Check the forecast before you leave home so that yo will know what to expect during the day.
2. Take Action: Prepare for Weather Hazards
To be weather-ready, it takes more than just knowing the forecast. You must be prepared for it. Get ready with an emergency supplies kit and a family communications plan. An emergency supplies kit is merely a box containing vital supplies that you may need during an emergency, such as food, water and medicine, while a family communications plan lists alternative ways of getting in touch during an emergency.
3. Be A Force of Nature: Share Your Weather Preparedness Story
You are influential. Take a photo of your emergency supplies kit and share it on Facebook. Tweet about your family communications plan on Twitter, or simply go next door and talk to the neighbors about what to do if a storm strikes. Building a Weather-Ready Nation is a job for all of us. If you are looking for things to share, see the infographics and social media plans in the sidebar. They are free to take and share with your family and friends.
Wind can be a concern especially if you are working in elevated areas. NOAA offers this information about wind safety:
High winds can occur during a severe thunderstorm, with a strong weather system, or can flow down a mountain. When winds are sustained at 40-50 mph, isolated wind damage is possible. Widespread significant wind damage can occur with higher wind speeds. During strong thunderstorms, straight line wind speeds can exceed 100 mph. High winds can blow objects around and pose a significant threat to your safety. Understanding the risks can help you prepare for these events.
(Picture from nws.noaa.gov)