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Heavy Mountain Snow and Low Elevation Rain Continues in California; Fire Weather Conditions in the High Plains

A slow-moving storm impacting California will continue heavy mountain snow, low elevation heavy rain and gusty winds today before moving south and remaining across southern California through Thursday. Mountain snow will impact travel; and heavy rainfall may cause flooding and debris flows in Southern California. There is an elevated to critical fire weather risk in portions of the High Plains. Read More >

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Severe Weather Safety and Survival

 

The Basics of Severe Weather Safety

3 Basic Rules of Weather Safety - Get In, Get Down and Cover Up!

You can survive a tornado! Even in the heart of tornado alley, chances are you will never experience a direct hit by a tornado. However, being prepared is critical.

By following these simple guidelines, you can protect yourself and your family from nature's most violent storm.

No matter where you are, use these basic guidelines for tornado safety. Refer to other sections of this guide for more details on staying safe in specific locations and circumstances.

The most important things to remember are:

  • GET IN - If you are outside, get inside. If you're already inside, get as far into the middle of the building as possible.
  • GET DOWN - Get underground if possible. If you cannot, go to the lowest floor possible.
  • COVER UP - Flying and falling debris are a storm's number one killer. Use pillows, blankets, coats, helmets, etc to cover up and protect your head and body from flying debris.
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