Yesterday a string of severe storms and tornadoes developed in many parts of the southeast, and as of this morning, several tornado watches and severe storm watches and warnings remain in effect for numerous locations. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and communities that lost loved ones or suffered damage as a result of these storms and we encourage residents to continue to monitor weather conditions closely and to follow the direction provided by their local officials. If a tornado watch or warning is issued in your area, stay indoors until the watch or warning has been lifted.
As a reminder, make sure you’re familiar with the terms associated with tornado watches and warnings:
- Tornado Watch means tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms. Know what counties are in the watch area by listening to NOAA Weather Radio or your local radio/television outlets.
- Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately.
Since yesterday, we have been closely monitoring these storm outbreaks and their aftermath through our regional offices in Atlanta, GA and Denton, TX, and have been in close contact with our state and local partners across the southeast. While local officials are just beginning to assess the damage, and there have not yet been any requests for federal assistance, we stand ready to assist them – if needed.
For those not impacted by the severe weather, now is a good time to make sure your emergency supply kit is ready. It should include at least a three-day supply of food and water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries, and other items specific to your family’s needs. To help you build your kit, download the FEMA smartphone app (Android & Apple devices) and use the interactive checklist.
For more information on preparing for an emergency, visit the new Ready.gov.