TULSA - It's time to take the weather seriously folks.
Portions of Oklahoma will be in the rare "High Risk" area on Saturday.
The Storm Prediction Center, located in Norman, also posted a "Moderate Risk" for severe weather in a large swath that runs from Wisconsin to central Texas.
Very dangerous weather is likely.
Are you and your family ready? Have you had the talk with your kids about what to do if/when a Tornado Warning is issued? Please do this, not only for this round, but for the upcoming season and future seasons.
It's time to be serious.
Weathermen are beating the drums pretty loud because we want viewers to take action. We want you to understand how serious this event may become. We want you to stay informed and be aware of the danger. I don't joke around about lives being lost in severe weather, because I've been to places like Tushka, Pitcher, Joplin, and Midwest City.
Let's begin with a to-do list:
Identify your "safe place" at home and work. We are looking for the lowest level and in an interior location away from windows and doors. I tell school kids to put as many walls between you and the outside as possible.
Have a drill. Practice to make sure everyone knows this location and how to get there. This may sound a bit basic, but if you have practiced this, when the time comes you will be much better prepared and your children less anxious. You may not be home when storms arrive, and your children need to know what to do.
Stay informed. You can download the KJRH Interactive Weather App for your iPhone or iPad . This way if you are not in front of the television you will know when/if tornado warnings are issued.
You can also sign up for email alerts. When the National Weather Service issues an alert for the county you chose, an email will be delivered to your inbox with the updated information.
Purchase a weather radio. There will be no monthly fees. Once you've purchased a radio, the data is free. Program it for the county you live in and keep it nearby. This is also a wonderful thing for schools and businesses to have in place. There is local radio and numerous sources for data on the Internet. KJRH.COM will scroll the latest warnings on the screen within seconds of the National Weather Service' s warning.
Make a "Safe Kit". These are items you might need during the tornado warning all in one location. Find a box, sack, or laundry basket, and include the following:
- Extra batteries
- Bicycle helmets
- Small toy for each child
- Nonperishable snack
- Deck of cards (to pass the time)
- Plastic bag with copies of important paperwork
- List of your prescription meds
- Copies of contact information
Some include a whistle, so if they are trapped they can help rescue workers locate them. I also recommend hard-soled shoes so if there is damage they can walk out safely.
Now is not the time to joke about what could happen.
My hope is we do not have severe weather, but the weather data is screaming "take this serious." Take a few minutes to prepare. We will have all four meteorologists working this weekend. Our spotters will be out and paying very close attention to this one.