March is Severe Weather Preparedness Month


Reporter - Kyle Mounce
Photojournalist - Randall Barnes
Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

PADUCAH, Ky. - It may feel like the middle of winter, but now is the time to thinking about the spring storm season ahead. Friday marks the beginning of Severe Weather Preparedness Month.

A great way to get ready is to buy a weather radio. It will alert families day or night. The real question is: what's the plan once the radio goes off?

Weather experts say that each member of the family needs to know where the safest place in their home is. The lowest interior level of the house, away from windows, is the best place for protection.

Also, families should have an emergency kit that includes food, water and important medications. Residents should also keep important papers and valuables in a safe place. In case the family is not together, members should have a plan in place to keep in touch.

Pat Spoden with the Paducah National Weather Service says the other important part of being ready for severe weather is knowledge.

"Make sure you have an idea of what type of weather is heading this way, whether it be through tv, internet or whatever. Just be aware of what could happen," Spoden says.

It's important to remember, being ready extends beyond the home. Folks should work with their employers, church and social groups to make sure everyone is ready for severe weather.

For more information on getting a weather radio, click here.