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DeSoto City Lights April, 2017 www.desototexas.gov A Publication of the City of DeSoto Community Relations Department It’s Springtime In Texas and Also Severe Weather Season. Please Follow These Tornado Safety Tips.

More tornadoes strike Texas than any other state.  They can  occur at any Ɵme of year, including winter as evidenced by  the tornadoes that struck in December, 2015.  However,  tornadoes are most frequent from mid‐March through May.   The City of DeSoto Office of Emergency Management  reminds you to pay close aƩenƟon to weather reports and  take the following precauƟons during periods of tornadic  acƟvity:   Seek shelter in an interior room on the lowest floor of  your home, such as a bathroom, closet or room without  windows.  Cover yourself with a maƩress or cushions.  In an  office building, go to an interior room or hallway on the  lowest floor.   If you are in a mobile home, get out and take shelter in  a nearby building.  If no shelter is available, lie flat in a ditch  or ravine.   Never stay inside a car!   Get out and lie flat in a ditch or  a ravine.  If a building is nearby, take shelter inside. Do not  try to outrun a tornado in your car.  The fataliƟes that  occurred in Garland during the 2015 tornado event were  motorists or passengers in cars in the path of the storm.    At school, follow plans and go to a designated shelter  area, usually interior hallways on the lowest floor. Avoid  auditoriums, gyms and areas with wide, free‐span roofs.   In a shopping center, move away from exterior glass  walls.   If you are in open country, take cover in a low spot  away from trees.         Remember there is a difference between a Tornado  Watch and a Tornado Warning .  A Tornado Watch means  tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area.  A  Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted or  indicated by weather radar, and you must  seek shelter  immediately!  The City of DeSoto has outdoor warning sirens that are  acƟvated when a tornado is sighted in DeSoto, Cedar Hill or  Duncanville.  Outdoor warning sirens are to warn 

individuals outdoors to seek  immediate shelter  inside.  The sirens may not be  heard indoors since most  outdoor sounds, including  warning sirens, can't  penetrate many buildings.   When you hear the sirens, go  indoors and seek shelter in  the most interior room in  your home or office.  Once  you are in a safe locaƟon,  tune to your local radio or  television staƟon  for emergency informaƟon. 

Outdoor warning sirens are a valuable tool in helping to  keep the public safe but they should not be the only way  that you receive warnings about dangerous weather.  The  City of DeSoto’s Office of Emergency Management suggests  addiƟonal layers of protecƟon against severe thunderstorms  including having a NOAA weather radio in your home and  monitoring local radio or television staƟons for emergency  informaƟon.     The City of DeSoto has "upgraded" our Code  Red Alert System to allow you to receive phone noƟficaƟons  24 hours a day based strictly on Doppler radar. You can now  receive warnings for tornados, flash floods or severe  thunderstorms. This upgrade requires you to "opt in" and  resubmit your informaƟon if you would like to receive these  Doppler radar special alerts in addiƟon to other emergency  noƟficaƟons previously sent out by the City’s CodeRed  system.  If you are interested in this new upgrade, click on  the CodeRed weather warning icon on the City’s homepage  and follow the direcƟons. There is no charge for this service.  Whether you receive weather informaƟon through the local  media, a NOAA weather radio in your home or on your cell  phone, please heed the noƟficaƟon and act to protect  yourself and your family by following these safety Ɵps.  

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