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Wednesday, 31 July 2019 21:23

Prepare for Tornadoes

Who Thought A Tornado Would Touch Down On Cape Cod?

It's unlikely anyone from Massachusetts would have expected a tornado to touch down on the Cape—therefore, it was unsettling to learn from the National Weather Service that not one, not two, but three confirmed tornadoes struck Cape Cod just a few weeks ago. 

WCVB5 reported that "[t]he roof of an entire wing of the Cape Sands Inn in West Yarmouth was completely peeled off. Additional significant storm damage occurred just southwest of Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. The NWS said dozens of large trees were uprooted and a few were snapped off. One house had its shingles blown off and another house had a hole in the roof from a fallen tree."

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) said eight communities -- Dennis, Chatham, Yarmouth, Harwich, Sandwich, Barnstable, Brewster, and Mashpee -- reported downed wires, trees, and damage from the storms.

After a state of emergency was declared in Harwich, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced that he would seek a federal disaster declaration as recovery efforts continue in the affected Cape Cod region.

Published in Weather
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 21:07

Tornado Safety at Home

Contrary to popular belief, tornadoes can strike anywhere in the United States at any time. The average lead time for a tornado warning is only 13 minutes,1 which means that it is a good idea to prepare in advance as much as possible.

While no home can be completely tornado-proof, you can fortify your home to help make it more resistant to damage. Following are some things you can do to help make your home, and your family, safer if a tornado strikes.

1. Prepare Your Shelter Area

  • Designate an area in your house where your family will meet in case of a tornado.
  • Choose a location that is as low as possible, ideally one that is completely underground.2
  • In addition to a survival kit, stock your shelter area with items such as mattresses, sleeping bags or thick blankets, to help protect you from flying debris.3
  • Include a NOAA all-hazard radio, and tune it in advance to pick up warnings for your local area. Proper tuning can also minimize confusion with broader warnings that may not apply to you.4
Published in Home Safety
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 20:19

Tornado Safety Tips

Know the relevant facts and figures about tornadoes. When do they occur? Where do they occur? How damaging are they? What do you need to look for when a tornado may be forming, and how do you need to respond in case the worst happens? Know what to do when it comes to tornadoes.

Published in Weather
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 19:49

Grilling Safety Tips

You may be the kind of person who fires up the grill all year long at tailgating parties, or maybe you wait for a warm summer day and a backyard full of friends before you put on your apron. Either way, grilling can be one of life’s simple pleasures.

Unfortunately, where there is fun there is also the potential for safety issues. For example, did you know that leaving the grill unattended, not cleaning grease or fat build up properly, or placing the grill too close to combustible siding can cause injuries, fires, and property damage?

 

Charcoal or Gas?

Nearly 9,000 home fires a year involve grills, according to a National Fire Protection Association report. Of all the home fires involving grills, gas-fueled grills accounted for four out of five fires, while 16% involved charcoal or other solid-fueled grills.¹ Gas and charcoal grills each have ardent advocates, who praise the convenience of gas or the flavor of charcoal. Whichever your preferred grilling method, follow these important safety considerations.

Published in Home Safety

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