Severe Weather Tips

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ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

If you’ve lived in Georgia longer than five minutes, you know the weather can change quickly, and not always for the better.

To help you be prepared, Robins Air Force Base’s Emergency Management officials recently provided some tips to help people weather our ever-changing climate.

 

Lightning Facts

  • There is no safe place outdoors when a storm is nearby

  • Georgia alone has had 11 deaths caused by lightning from 2006-2016

  • If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of a storm, so to be safe always remember: “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors.”

  • Seek shelter in a sturdy building or in a hard-top vehicle.

  • Wait 30 minutes after the storm has passed to resume activities.

 

Flood and Flash Flood Facts

  • A Flash Flood occurs within a few hours of heavy or excessive rainfall or a dam/levee failure.

  • A Flood is the inundation of a normally dry area caused by abnormal high water flow. Floods usually develop more slowly, typically greater than 6 hours.

  • Be aware of flood prone areas and try to avoid them during rainfall.

 

How To Prepare

  • Purchase a Weather Radio

  • Know where flood zones are around your neighborhood

  • Tune in to local weather before heading outdoors

  • Create an emergency kit

  • Trim any branches that may fall on your house during a storm

  • Secure outside items if high winds are predicted to occur

 

Tornado Sheltering

  • Report to your shelter area

  • Robins AFB Tornado Shelter Areas are designated by the sign to the left

  • Remain in the shelter location until “ALL CLEAR” is announced

  • Once “ALL CLEAR” announced,

  • Conduct a survey of your building

  • Report damage to your Facility Manager

  • Account for personnel