Meteorologists study weather patterns and issue watches and warnings when conditions are right for severe storms. A watch means severe weather is a possibility. Keep an eye on the sky, and stay tuned for developing information. Warnings are more serious. A warning means a storm is already occurring or about to happen. Take action to protect yourself when the weather siren or warning alert sounds.
Make advance preparations before severe weather arrives. Personal safety is top priority. Identify a safe shelter, preferably a basement, where family members know to meet when danger is nearby. Choose an interior room without windows if the home has no basement. Place an emergency supply kit in the safe place. Include flashlights, batteries, water, first aid materials, snacks, etc.