Spring Has Sprung!

Blue skies, budding trees and the kickoff of baseball season tells me it’s spring once again! Of course, along with the beautiful spring weather comes, well, the not-so-beautiful spring weather.

Yes, friends, the possibilities of thunderstorms, flooding and tornadoes are all peering darkly over the chirping birds and freshly mown lawns. I would be remiss as your local Red Cross blogger if I didn’t throw some preparedness tips your way! Also, I wanted to share this someeecard, which perfectly conveys the duplicity of this blessed season (first seen by me on the Red Cross PDX blog):

  • If you are outside, take cover in the best shelter you can find. Always head for a building before a car.
  • If you are near water, head inland as soon as possible.
  • Do not take a bath or shower.
  • If you are in the woods, take shelter under the shorter trees.
  • If you feel your skin tingle or hair stand on end, squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet. Place your hands on your knees with your head between them, making yourself the smallest target possible. Minimize your contact with the ground.

Also, know the difference!

Severe Thunderstorm WATCH—Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued.

Severe Thunderstorm WARNING—Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.


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