Emergency and Disaster Preparedness in St.Walburg

St.Walburg has a disaster plan in place. We have trained volunteers to help with evacuation.

Council is aware of their responsibilities and we have a control centre set up in the fire hall. We have evacuation centres of which the principle facility is the Elks Hall.

On this website and the Community Channel we have definitions for weather watch and weather warnings plus instructions for what to do in the case of a warning of a tornado.

(It is up to individuals once given the information to make their own plan for their families safety)

For winter storm situations with lengthy power outages we have lists of folks who have alternative heating and who are willing to take people who have only electrical heating into their homes.

For further information please contact us or come to the Town Office and talk with staff there.

What is the difference between a Tornado Watch & a Tornado Warning?

A tornado watch is just to let folks know to be on the lookout for a possible tornado in the area whereas a Tornado Warning is a notification that a tornado has been seen or picked up by radar.

Tornado Watch

A Tornado Watch is issued to alert people to the possibility of a tornado developing in your area. At this point, a tornado has not been seen but the conditions are very favorable for tornados to occur at any moment.

Things to do when a Tornado Wath is issued:

  • Keep alert and watch for changing weather conditions
  • Listen to your local news reports & weather updates
  • Review your family or business emergency preparedness plan
  • Review your disaster kit
  • Be ready to seek shelter at a moments notice

What to watch for during a Tornado Watch:

  • Dark greenish or orange-grey skies
  • Large hail
  • Large, dark, low-lying, rotating or funnel-shaped clouds
  • A loud roar that is similar to a freight train

Tornado Warning

A Tornado Warning is issued when a tornado has actually been sighted or has been picked up on radar in your area. This means that you need to take shelther immediately in a safe sturdy structure.

Things to do when a Tornado Warning is issued:

  • Take shelter immediately
  • Listen to your local radio for updates
  • Follow the National Weather Service Safety Guidelines (below)

What not to do during a tornado:

  • Do not stay in a mobile home as they offer very little protection from tornadoes
  • Do not open the windows in your home or business
  • Do not try to outrun a tornado in a car
  • Do not get under a highway overpass or bridge as you will be exposing yourself to flying debris and stronger winds

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