Local emergency officials are warning residents to be prepared for possible severe spring weather.
The Delaware County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management warns that tornadoes, thunderstorms, dangerous lightning and flooding are possible in spring.
March 20–26, 2016 is “Severe Weather Awareness Week” and the agency suggests these precautions:
• Mitigate situations around your home. Remove or trim tree limbs, dead or rotting trees, and dead tree branches near at-risk or high-value property.
• Be prepared for power outages. Have a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio, flashlight and extra batteries. Call 9-1-1 if you experience any situation that may cause life-safety concerns.
• Know generator safety. If alternate power sources are being used, such as generator power, the agency asks that you do so safely by following the manufacturer’s directions. Carbon monoxide poisoning and fire are dangers with the use of generators.
• Get your information from reliable sources, such as your local EMA, fire or political jurisdiction.
Delaware County will participate in a statewide tornado drill on Wednesday, March 23.
Preparedness information can be found on the EMA website at www.delcoema.org. Questions may be directed to the Delaware County EMA at 740-833-2180.
Information for this story was provided by The Delaware County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.