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Are you, your family and friends ready for summer and the potential for severe summer weather? Improve your level of preparedness by learning more. It is important to understand the impact of different types of severe weather in order to make informed decisions to better protect life and property. In addition to damaging winds and large hail, severe thunderstorms are also capable of producing tornadoes, flash flooding and deadly lightning. Summer can also bring extreme heat which can be life threatening in certain situations, especially for more vulnerable populations including the elderly, the very young, and pets.
As a first step to severe summer weather preparedness, be sure you have the capability to receive alerts and warnings provided by the National Weather Service.
A NOAA weather radio ensures that you have the ability to receive alerts in a timely manner. Please consider getting a NOAA all hazards weather radio if you don’t already have one. Another method of receiving National Weather Service alerts is by using a free “weather the storm” FEMA mobile app. Learn more here: Hyperlink" title="FEMA mobile app" target="_blank" href="https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app">FEMA mobile app
Bismarck area outdoor warning sirens are one method used to alert citizens of a current or potential emergency. To provide a "tornado warning" is a typical use, but outdoor warning sirens may be used for other emergencies as well. When the sirens sound, go indoors, seek shelter, and monitor local media and your all hazards National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio.
“Involve your whole family, including children, in reviewing your communications and response plans. This will make your family better prepared and able to cope with potentially stressful situations,” said Gary Stockert, Emergency Manager for the City of Bismarck.
Severe Summer Weather Awareness Week is also a good time to make sure you have the appropriate emergency supplies on hand to address any immediate needs as well as needs for three days or more. Learn more here: Hyperlink" title="Emergency Preparedness" target="_blank" href="http://www.bismarcknd.gov/index.aspx?NID=353">Emergency reparedness
You can learn more about severe weather and emergency preparedness by visiting the emergency management link below: