Severe weather (e.g. Flooding, Tornadoes, etc.) is possible any time of year across the South. That was proven when Mobile was impacted by two damage causing tornadoes within one week during Dec. 2012 (one hitting the city on Christmas Day). So, it's best that we all stay proactive when it comes to preparing for Severe Weather, and Governor Robert Bentley has deemed Feb. 17-22nd as Alabama's Severe Weather Awareness Week.
The goal is to educate the public on how to prepare for severe weather....via creating a plan, and knowing when to put it into motion. Severe weather can occur with little notice...limiting your reaction time. So, the more you're prepared...the better your chances are of staying safe.
It helps to know the difference between a Watch and a Warning. If a Watch is issued (e.g. Severe Thunderstorm Watch, Tornado Watch, etc.), that means conditons are FAVORABLE for that threat to occur. So, that's a good time to go over your preparedness plan & have the necessary things in order in case a warning is issued. Once a Warning is issued, that means the threat is likely or Imminent. This is when you want to put your preparedness plan into action...like getting into your "safe place."
Click the link below to get detailed info on how to prepare for Severe Weather. Plus, you can read about the different Severe Weather types...and get more info about NOAA Weather Radios.http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mob/?n=swaw
Meteorologist Deitra Tate