How do I prepare for a Severe Thunderstorm?
Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system in order to prepare for severe thunderstorms. In Porter County, we have our tornado siren system and you can also sign up for Smart 911.
Locate safe places in your home that you can go to during a severe thunderstorm. During a severe thunderstorm, high winds, trees or broken branches, and other objects might hit your window and shatter the glass. Therefore, a safe place would be away from windows, skylights, and glass doors.
Cut down or trim trees with broken branches that may be in danger of falling on your home. If they do, consider how to safely remove them. If it is dangerous to remove them, hire a professional.
Identify nearby, sturdy buildings close to where you live, work, study, and play.
Consider buying surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system to protect your home, appliances, and electronic devices.
Have your 72 hour emergency Supply Kit ready to go for any emergencies.
Take a first aid class in case of any emergency.
Consider all of the information above and create a plan for how your family can be ready for a severe thunderstorm. Communicate with other community members about this plan.