Pinterest Interest: Severe Weather

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One year after tornadoes hit Joplin, Missouri and Denning and Etna, Arkansas the tornado season is much quieter.  With no local events hitting the area many are thankful for a calmer tornado season. Even as things cool off for severe weather this year residents should always be prepared.  Several residents in the area can attest to how quickly the weather conditions can change.

Surprisingly you can actually find some great tips to better prepare yourself for severe weather on social networking site Pinterest.

Our first pin is one we say all the time during severe weather season.  It`s a link to where you can find and purchase a NOAA Weather Radio.  These radios are the most accurate things you can get when tornadoes strike.  They offer regular updates when Tornado Warnings are in effect and your need to take cover... and they`re only about $30.  They’re also available locally.

Next, when you can`t always plan to be ready for severe weather.  Sometimes heavy storms catch you while you`re driving down the road.  Here we found a pin for safe driving in heavy rain.  Of course we all know the basics, but this pin has special tips showing you what to do if the weather causes a major problem.  The site says that if you’re stuck in a wayward skid and your car loses control on the rear.  If the car loses control in the rear, take your foot off of the accelerator. Then turn the steering wheel in the same direction that the back is moving (e.g. if the rear end is fishtailing to the right, turn to the right). Pause for a moment to allow the car time to react to your move; then turn the wheel in the opposite direction. This technique – known as CPR (Correction – Pause – Recovery) — will help you regain control of the car.

If you get in a tight spot, stay calm and use your eyes to navigate the car.

Finally, we give you a lot of advice about how to take cover from a tornado, but Denning and Etna residents know what it`s like to handle injuries.  This pin from the Red Cross has a list of general safety precautions for what to do after a tornado hits.

They include:

  • Be careful when entering any structure that has been damaged.
  • Be aware of hazards from exposed nails and broken glass.
  • Use battery-powered lanterns, if possible, rather than candles to light homes without electrical power. If you use candles, make sure they are in safe holders away from curtains, paper, wood, or other flammable items. Never leave a candle burning when you are out of the room.
  • Never use generators, pressure washers, grills, camp stoves, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside your home, basement, garage, or camper—or even outside near an open window, door, or vent. Carbon monoxide (CO)--an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if you breathe it--from these sources can build up in your home, garage, or camper and poison the people and animals inside. Seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, or nauseated.
  • Hang up displaced telephone receivers that may have been knocked off by the tornado, but stay off the telephone, except to report an emergency.
  • Respond to requests for volunteer assistance by police, fire fighters, emergency management, and relief organizations, but do not go into damaged areas unless assistance has been requested. Your presence could hamper relief efforts, and you could endanger yourself.

The Pin also discusses talking to your kids after a storm to help them deal with the fear they`re facing.  According to The Red Cross, Symptoms of anxiety may not appear for weeks or even months after a tornado; they can affect people of any age. If anxiety disrupts daily activities for any member of your family, seek professional assistance through a school counselor, community religious organization, your physician, or a licensed professional.

Of course when severe weather strikes, aside from these handy pins, you can always check in with 5NEWS on TV, mobile phones, LIVE Streamed online, and through Facebook.

You can follow 5NEWS Anchor Ashley Beck on Pinterest by clicking here.