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Are you Prepared? Tips from City of Sioux Falls Emergency Manager

Apr 23, 2021 04:08PM ● By The Hood Magazine
Did you know every year in April we have a week of Severe Weather Awareness? That's right! And this week, we visited with the Emergency Manager for the City of Sioux Falls to learns some tips and freshen up on things we need to know going into our severe weather season.

When is tornado season?
Tornado season is generally May through July in South Dakota, although tornadoes can occur at any time of year.

Is there a time of day when tornadoes usually happen?
Yes, tornadoes tend to occur in the afternoons and evenings. MOre than 80% of all tonadoes strike between noon and midnight.

What is the difference between a tornado watch and warning?
A tornado watch is issued when tornadoes are possible in and near the area. A warning is issued when a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. When a warning is issued go immediately underground to a basement, storm cellar. or an interior room like a closet, hallway, or bathroom.

Create an Emergency Weather Plan for your family with these tips and ideas:
  • Designate an area in the home where everyone will go for shelter. Keep some disaster supplies on hand in this area such as a first-aid kit and flashlights and extra batteries.
  • Develop a communication plan Have a plan in place in case family members are separated during an incident. 
  • Buy a weather radio, or download a tornado warning app on your smart phone. Besides our local weather stations, the American Red Cross also offers free weather warning apps for smartphone users.