Posted Saturday, March 20, 2021
It’s spring! The word just makes you feel good. It congers up thoughts of green grass and trees; time outdoors; fresh air, baseball; warm sunshine. It also means we switch gears from thinking about winter storms, icy roads, and heavy coats to lightning, high wind, flooding rains, and tornadoes.
Spring brings the start of thunderstorm season to Ohio. Next week, March 21 – 27 is Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week in our state.
I’m well aware that most folks pay little attention to the weather. Usually, most just take a quick look at an app to get a general idea of how the day’s weather looks. But other than a quick glance, that’s about as far as many people go. I would venture to say that way too many haven’t a clue what the weather holds for much more than a little icon and the temperature.
This week I encourage you to make an effort to put a little more thought into our weather – to pay just a little more attention to the weather than the majority. It doesn’t take much more than a few minutes but it could leave you better prepared for the weather hazards we’ll face in the coming months.
It’s true that the chances of you and your family personally being a victim of severe weather are low. However, it doesn’t take a big storm to create a big disaster – for you. All it takes is one storm, one damaging gust of wind, one instance of heavy rain, or one tornado in your neighborhood.
Knowledge is our best defense against Mother Nature. I’ll feature reminders over the next several days in the blog to help you become more aware of some of the threats we frequently face in the spring and summer.
START WITH A WEATHER RADIO
The most important tip I can give is that you buy a weather radio if you don’t already have one. It’s critical that you and your family are aware of potentially severe weather whenever it threatens. A weather radio will give you that knowledge – anytime day or night – especially at night when we’re most vulnerable.
Seriously. Get a weather radio. If you’re concerned about price shop around. I’ve found good weather radios online for $20 or less. Buy one, program it for Tuscarawas County (or your county), and the alerts that are important to you and your family. If you own a small business, get one for your office or shop. If you’re a pastor, get one for your church.
A weather radio and its ability to give you an early weather warning are crucial. They are just as lifesaving at night as a smoke alarm. To learn more about weather radios read the article I posted here. (Article opens in a new tab)
Thanks for reading. Please share with your friends, colleagues, and relatives. Be safe out there!