Tips To Prepare For Tuesday’s Storms

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Less than a week ago, severe storms caught many people off-guard and as more storms move into the area Tuesday, emergency management officials are warning the public to be ready for whatever these storms might bring.

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In that storm a week ago, 11 tornadoes touched down in Kentucky, including an EF-1 in the City of Paris.

"I think they need to pay attention to the weather,” said Pat Dugger, the Director of Lexington’s Division of Emergency Management. “I think sometimes we get complainant about the weather, but as we saw last Tuesday something kind of kicked up."

With the potential for heavy rains, flooding and strong winds, our Storm Team meteorologists said power outages could be very possible.

"With some of those straight line winds that are possible we could see some trees that could come down and eventually knock over some power lines as well,” said ABC 36 Meteorologist Mark Stitz.

“If you do see any downed power lines, make sure you stay far away from [them],” Mark Stitz said. “Those still could be live, make sure contact the local electric company to take care of that."

One of the best things you can do is prepare. Emergency managers and meteorologists alike want you to know the forecast. Also make sure your emergency kit is stocked and ready to go.

“You want to have something to keep you warm [and] something to keep your dry,” Dugger said. “Cash is a great thing to have in there, because if we lose power a lot of the ATM’s and a lot of the places like that can’t take debit cards or credits card."

Officials said, you should also a gallon of water per person, per day.

"In addition to water, you should have things like flashlights that are battery-powered,” Stitz said. “Also battery-powered radios, so you can get updates to the media if your power does go out.”

“You want to have a number of days supply of food that you can cook or prepare without electricity in case your power is out," Stitz said.

If you’re inside, don’t rely on those outdoor warning sirens, emergency managers said.

“If you do hear a siren and are inside, don’t try to understand to what the siren is saying,” Dugger said. “Go to your NOAA radio or go to one of your broadcast stations and pick up and see what is going on there."

Finally, some advice from emergency managers: Once the storms pass, check your home for damage or downed power lines and avoid standing or moving water.

"If flooding does occur nearby where you live, make sure you keep your kids and any other kids far away from rising water,” Stitz said. “That fast moving water can be very dangerous to be anywhere close to, especially for children."

Also make sure to avoid driving through flooded areas. Flood water can be very deceiving and it is better to turn around and not drown.

More preparedness tips are available at Lexington’s Division of Emergency Management website.