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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Apr 4, 2008

It’s that time again.

April 7-14 is Severe Weather Awareness Week and time to start thinking about how well you’re prepared in the event of severe weather.

April through June are traditionally the months when severe weather is most likely to hit our area. It’s a good time to plan your emergency severe weather plans.

The first point is to have a plan that everyone in the home knows. When the first sign of severe weather comes, everyone should have a place to go.

Find a well-sheltered area of your basement. Stairwells work great. And make sure the area is suitable to wait for a reasonable period of time while storms pass.

Keep a radio or portable TV handy so you can check on weather reports as weather changes. Storms are unpredictable. You’ll need to keep up on minute-by-minute changes.

If the worst should happen, be sure that you have an emergency first-aid kit if needed.

If you’re traveling, it’s particularly important to keep abreast of changes in the weather. Take shelter if severe weather approaches. Avoid hiding under bridge overpasses which can actually act like the underside of an airplane wing, increasing wind speeds. It’s better to take refuge in a culvert or lie flat in a ditch and cover your head with your hands.

Emmet County Emergency Management/Homeland Security Coordinator Terry Reekers is sponsoring a Sky Warn Weather Observers class Wednesday, April 16 at Iowa Lakes Community College. The class is geared for persons of all ages.

The class will meet 6-9 p.m. in the auditorium at Iowa Lakes Community College. Call 712-362-5702 for more information.

You can be prepared if severe weather should come. It takes just a little planning.

And remember.

It can happen here.