Severe Weather Week: Before it strikes, have a plan

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Reminder: A statewide tornado drill is scheduled for today at approximately 1 p.m.

When you learn severe weather is headed for you is not the best time to figure out where you will go.

Ben Schliesman, director, Kenosha County Emergency Management, advises you to give a plan some thought before the last minute.

“To be prepared for severe weather, residents, schools and every business/facility should have an emergency plan,” said Schliesman. “Schools, businesses/facilities need to know the ‘safest areas’ within their buildings that they should evacuate to for severe weather.”

What is the right place? Here are some tips:

  • Residents should evacuate to the basement or to the lowest level of their homes/apartment buildings.
  • If they don’t have a basement, they should go to an interior room/closet with no windows.
  • It’s important that everyone covers/protects their heads from injuries; it’s not the tornado or winds that may injure you, it’s the flying debris.

For more information on safety precautions during severe weather or to request a “Tornado Safest Area” walkthrough of your school, business or Agency, please contact Kenosha County Emergency Management at 605-7900.

This week has been designated Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kenosha County and around the state.


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