Are You Prepared for Severe Weather Season?
The spring months mark the beginning of severe weather season, and during a severe weather incident, such as a tornado or flood, preparation will make all the difference.
To be prepared when disaster strikes, please be sure to:
1.) stay informed of approaching severe weather
2.) learn how to understand weather warnings, and have a
3.) disaster supply kit and communications plan for the family
The City’s emergency notification system, CodeRed, is the best way to stay informed. The system will allow the City to send you informational messages and emergency alerts about situations as they occur. Alerts can be received on multiple devices such as home phone, mobile phone, text messages, and e-mail. Visit the City’s website at www.desototexas.gov, http://www.desototexas.gov/137/CodeRED or Emergency Management webpage at http://desototexas.gov/449/Emergency-Management or call 972-230-9680 to register.
National Weather Service watches or warnings can sometimes be confusing. A watch means conditions are right for dangerous weather. A warning means that the dangerous weather is threatening the area. For severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flash floods, a warning means the event is occurring and you should take shelter immediately.
Large scale emergencies take time to recover from. Planning and preparation will make a huge difference. You may need to relocate or evacuate with little or no notice and having a pre-prepared kit with survival basics such as flashlights, change of clothes, food and water (including for pets), and first-aid supplies will be vitally important.
For additional information, go to www.knowhat2do.com, www.ready.gov or our city’s Emergency Management webpage http://desototexas.gov/449/Emergency-Management