Spring is here - which means severe weather season! Don’t forget these reminders for when severe weather is approaching:
Know the difference between a tornado watch and tornado warning. A tornado WATCH is when conditions are favorable for severe weather. In this case, know where to take shelter and keep an eye on the forecast. In a tornado WARNING, severe thunderstorms are occurring or imminent and you should take shelter immediately. You’ll never forget the difference again with this sweet tea graphic!
Outdoor Warning Sirens: There are 10 outdoor warning sirens strategically located throughout Bedford. Outdoor warning sirens are intended to alert people who are outside that pending and/or immediate danger is approaching and are activated in the following instances:
- Reported hail of 1.50” in diameter or greater (or smaller for areas or events where large numbers of people are outdoors)
- Rotation in a dangerous cloud or a tornado
- Straight-line winds over 70 mph
Before severe weather arrives, take some time to recognize shelter areas around your home and prepare an emergency kit of supplies, including items like a flashlight, radio, portable cell phone charger, water bottles, etc.
Emergency Alerts: Make sure you’ve signed up to receive emergency and community alerts from the City at www.bedfordtx.gov/alert. Once you sign up, you’ll be able to customize how you want alerts sent to you, via a phone call, text message, email, or TTY/TDD for the hearing-impaired.