Warm spring weather has already set it, and as we’ve seen from the February outbreak of tornadoes in the Midwest, we may be in for another record-breaking season of severe weather. In 2011, the Southeast, Ohio Valley and Midwest regions were hit by 343 tornadoes that took 321 lives and caused billions of dollars in property loss.
March 25-31, 2012 has officially been designated Ohio’s Severe Weather Awareness Week by Governor John Kasich. Recognition of this week and the publishing of supporting resources, articles, safety tips and toolkits, is designed to encourage Ohioans to become informed about the dangers associated with severe weather hazards.
Types of Severe Weather
In Ohio and the Midwest, hazardous weather is more likely to strike during the spring and summer months. Types of severe weather include thunder, lightning and hailstorms, tornadoes, floods and extreme heat.
To promote public awareness and help reduce the amount of loss associated with severe weather incidents, the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness has published a variety of resources on these weather conditions:
- Thunderstorm/Lightning Facts and Safety Tips
- Flood Information and Safety Tips
- Tornado Facts, Safety Tips and Insurance Information
- Excessive Heat Health and Safety Concerns
Severe Weather Terms to Know
In the event that severe weather conditions or events take place, the National Weather Service (NWS) issues a watch, advisory or warning to alert the public. Below are explanations of what these different weather conditions mean:
- Watch — The conditions exist that would indicate potential for a dangerous weather event.
- Advisory — A less dangerous weather event is imminent; an advisory is less severe than a warning.
- Warning — A dangerous weather event is imminent, and immediate action should be taken to protect life and property in the affected areas.
As weather patterns change, and the average number of seasonal storms increases, it becomes even more important to stay informed. No matter where you live, it’s crucial to understand the impact severe weather can have on your community, as well as how to protect yourself and your family.
Take a moment to review the provided resources, and gain a better understanding of the basic facts and safety tips associated with each type of severe weather.
What is your safety plan in the event of a severe weather storm? Do you have a safe place identified in your home to seek shelter in the event of a severe weather incident, such as a tornado?
Westfield Insurance on March 27, 2012