Safety is paramount for weather spotters. It is the first responsibility for any weather spotter. Tornado safety, traffic safety, flood safety, lightning safety all come before any thought should be given to reporting severe weather events. Never place yourself or others in a dangerous position where weather or traffic can bring injury or death. Practice situational awareness. Situational awareness related to a weather spotter is understanding the path of the storm and your position related to the storm’s path.
Make sure your family knows what to do if severe weather approaches. Do you have a NOAA Weather Radio set to alert you about severe weather? Where is your “severe weather safe area” in your home, at work, at the grocery store or at church? When should you put your safety plan into action?
For those that find themselves outdoors or in a vehicle consider how you can find a place of shelter if lightning is present, a tornado approaches or a flash flood occurs.
If you are mobile always pull well off the road so you are not a traffic hazard. Display the Weather Net reflective bumper sticker to let law enforcement officers know why you’re pulled off the road.
Review & know these documents for safety.
Tornado safety - Roger Edwards, Storm Prediction Center
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