The National Weather Servicee issued 61 tornado warnings and recorded 16 tornadoes last year. The average warning lead time was 20 minutes. Plan and prepare ahead of time so you can be ready at moment’s notice! Be #ReadyNC
Practice your plan by participating in the annual statewide tornado drill tomorrow @9:30!
The wind speed of a tornado can average from 30 mph to 200 mph. Damage paths can be up to one mile wide and 50 miles long. Are you #ReadyNC for nature’s most violent storm?
Granville County Encourages Preparedness for Tornadoes, Severe Storms
Spring is right around the corner and while many residents are eager for sun-filled days and budding flowers, residents are urged to prepare for severe weather. Severe thunderstorms involve a variety of conditions – lightning, tornadoes and flash flooding – all of which can develop so rapidly that an advance warning may be impossible.
To encourage residents to plan and prepare for severe weather, March 5-11 is designated as Severe Weather Preparedness Week. This week serves as a reminder to all, the importance of planning for unexpected thunderstorms and tornadoes that could impact our state.
Government agencies, businesses and schools will participate in the annual statewide tornado drill Wednesday, March 8th, at 9:30 a.m. We encourage everyone to practice their severe weather safety plan and seek shelter on the lowest floor of your building and away from windows. Practicing now will allow you to respond quickly when severe weather heads your way.
All residents should take this opportunity to practice what to do in the event that a severe thunderstorm or tornado takes place. Tornadoes and flash floods can develop at a moment’s notice; take time now to prepare and keep you and your loved ones safe.
Keep your home a safe haven this severe weather season and use the following safety tips:
- Develop a family emergency plan and discuss thunderstorm safety with all members of your household. Make sure your family knows basic safety measures, such as first aid, CPR and how to use a fire extinguisher.
- Assemble an emergency supplies kit. Include a 3-day supply of non-perishable foods and bottled water. Keep it in a location that is easy to access.
- Stay alert by listening to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration radio and download the free ReadyNC app for current weather and traffic conditions.
- Practice your plan. Make sure every family member is aware of where to go, what to do and who to call in case of an emergency.
Find more information on tornadoes and emergency preparedness by visiting the North Carolina Department of Public Safety website, www.ReadyNC.org.
Remember, “Your Safety is Your Responsibility,” so take time now to prepare; it could make all the difference!!
Douglas P. Logan
Emergency Management Director
(919) 603-1310 Voice
(919) 603-1399 Fax