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Weather is by far one of the most common situations where emergency planning and preparedness are required. Different regions of the country, and even our individual local municipalities can be impacted in totally different ways as a result of a weather event.
On this site, we cannot possibly cover every single weather situation. We have instead, tried to provide information or links to information sources that can be of value before, during, and after a weather event.
Summer Storms / Lightning
During the summer months, many of you may attend or host outdoor parties, attend outdoor events, and travel to the pool, the beach, or other vacation locations, where you spend a lot of time outside. You should always be aware of the weather forecasts for the area where you are.
Consider using a smartphone app that can provide weather alerts and warnings, and even better -- weather radar. These apps can help avoid getting caught unprepared, and help you to choose when to travel and the routes you might want to consider.
Lightning is the leading cause of injury and death from weather-related hazards. Pay attention to weather watches AND especially weather warnings. A watch means there is a good chance something will happen, but the warning means that it WILL happen.
Check out the information from Ready.Gov related to thunderstorms-lightning for additional information.
The Atlantic Hurricane Season for 2018 started on June 1st and lasts until November 30th. Potential threats from hurricanes include powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, tornadoes, and landslides.
Learn more using the information from Ready.Gov related to hurricanes.
Situational awareness is a term that describes your knowledge about what is currently happening or expected to happen. The hyperlinks provided below are a means for increasing your situational awareness about a number of different types of events.
There is no substitute for your own eyes and ears, but you also cannot be everywhere at the same time. You should always utilize whatever information is readily available: radio and TV broadcasts, real-time information feeds from trusted sources, or other reference material. The idea is to improve your understanding about what is happening and where it is happening.
- National Weather Service Information: Latest Local Forecast (West Grove)
- National Weather Service Information: Latest Regional Briefing (Philadelphia)**
- Local Stream Gauge Charts (height and flow only)
- Chester County Stream Gauge Information (USGS)
Being prepared for different weather situations is often just using good common sense. If you understand the types of hazards that may happen during specific weather (or even non-weather) events, you can prepare to protect yourself and your family and minimize the risk to life, health, and property.
- Difference between a WATCH and a WARNING
- Hurricane Safety Brochure
- Thunderstorm, Tornado, and Lightning Information
- Winter Weather Preparedness
- Flood Safety Information
- NOAA Weather Information