Weather hazards are natural events caused by strong atmospheric conditions.  Our City is at risk of severe storms, including high wind, winter weather, extreme heat, and wildfires.

  1. Severe Storms
  2. Winter Weather
  3. Extreme Heat
  4. Wildfires

image of a tree downed by a wind storm

A severe storm is a weather event that includes any combination of high winds, heavy precipitation, thunder, and lightning. It is important to keep a eye on weather forecasts to know when a severe storm may strike your community.  

Preparing for severe storms may include:

  • Storing or securing lawn furniture and decorations.
  • Know how and where to shut off utilities.
  • Keep tree branches away from home.
  • When possible park vehicle away from falling hazards.
  • Avoid being outside or near windows.
  • Keep extra flashlights in case of a power outage. 

A strong storm can knock over trees, destroy homes, cause flooding, and cause loss of utilities like electricity. If you see a downed powerline, never go near it or touch anything that could be in contact with it! The lines are still active and can cause electrocution. Instead, call 911 to report the downed power line. 

With a loss of electricity, many decide to use a generator to provide temporary power to their home. Used improperly generators, can be incredibly dangerous. If used inside the generator can emit a colorless, scentless gas called Carbon Monoxide (CO). Prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide can lead to unconsciousness and eventually death. So, when using a generator, keep it outside, in a well ventilated area, and away from windows.  

To alert the potential of rising carbon monoxide levels, make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home and test them regularly. A working carbon monoxide detector can save your life. 

Severe Storm Resources