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Be Informed

Photo of a hand adjusting a radio dial It’s important that you and your family know what to do before, during, and after an emergency. This means understanding what emergencies are likely in your area and specific 

ways to respond to each one. You should also understand the ways you can get information about potential threats, such as through text alerts, emergency sirens in your community, or other methods.

In addition to understanding how you will be informed of potential threats, you need to understand the difference between various weather alerts:

  • A watch gives advance notice that conditions are favorable for dangerous weather. If a severe storm watch or other type of watch is issued for your area, be alert for changing weather conditions.
  • A warning requires immediate action and is only used when severe weather is about to strike.

Follow the links below to learn more about the different types of disasters that may happen and how to respond. You can also find more information on how to sign up for alerts in your area at

Additional Resources

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