The recent tornadoes which hit Springfield and several other communities highlight the importance of being prepared for severe weather which can occur with little or no notice. While we can’t avoid or prevent such occurrences we can take steps to minimize our exposure and the resulting damage or injury which such weather can cause.
The first step is to be aware of weather forecasts and the potential for severe weather. Summertime in New England is prime thunderstorm time and storms can vary in intensity, duration, and predictability. It is important to check the weather forecast from time to time, especially if there has been any indication of severe weather and if you have any outdoor plans, especially away from your home.
The next step is to prepare yourself and your family. There are several websites which provide excellent information on preparedness for severe weather events. One such website is Ready.gov. Their thunderstorm and lightning guidance can be found at
Another more local source of information is WesternMassReady.org
Both of these websites discuss the planning and preparation which you and your family can take to protect yourselves from the effects of severe weather. Any questions should be addressed to the Emergency Management Department.