Huntley Safety 1st
As we approach spring, there is much to look forward to and plan for - including the possibility of severe weather. Severe weather can strike at any time, but we will be particularly vulnerable to tornadoes and storms in the upcoming months. The best way to stay safe during a tornado is to prepare now.
The first thing you will want to consider is how you will receive emergency alerts and warnings. There are multiple warning sirens throughout the Village that are activated in emergency situations such as a tornado warning. Please note that these sirens are designed to warn people who are outside and generally cannot be heard when indoors. Be sure to have other notification options available such as a NOAA all-hazard radio, wireless emergency alerts on your smart phone, Nixle alerts, or text or app alerts from the National Weather Service.
Next, make a shelter plan and communication plan for your family. If you are indoors, it should be a small, interior, windowless room on the lowest level of the building. Identify the best option in your home and workplace and make sure everyone knows about it. If you are caught in a car or outside during a tornado, cover your head and neck with your arms and cover your body with a coat or blanket if possible. Never try to outrun a tornado in your vehicle.
When making your plans, take into account the supplies you will need in the shelter. Consider medications, food, water, communication devices, and any other special needs in your household.
Finally, be sure to discuss these plans with your family. You should review and practice your plans on a regular basis.
For more information on tornadoes and preparedness, view Ready.gov. Additional information and links can be found on our Severe Weather Safety page.
Huntley Safety 1st is the monthly education series written by the staff of the Huntley Police Department to provide citizens with information on public safety related issues.