DeSoto City Lights April, 2018 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 not penetrate most 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 "upgraded" our Code Red Alert System in 2017 to allow you to receive phone noƟficaƟons 24 hours a day based strictly on Doppler radar. The system provides 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 haven’t already signed up for the added noƟficaƟons, go to the City’s website at www.desototexas.gov, 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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