Preparing for Extreme Weather

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- This year the red cross responded to nearly twice as many weather disasters than in years past. Several of those devastating weather events happening in Kentucky, surprising many residents.

Steve Cunanan Regional CEO of the Red Cross says, “When I’m in areas the number one thing that people come back to me and say is I never thought that this would happen to me. There are a lot of people in Bowling Green that feel like it can happen to them, and it did happen to them and they know that they need to prepare. They know that they need to be ready when it strikes again.”

September is national preparedness month and the red cross is urging everyone to have a plan before disaster strikes.

Before severe storms hit our area, it’s important to know how to prepare. Experts say to have an evacuation plan in place and to pay attention to reports coming down from local weather officials.

According to WKU Meteorology professor Greg Goodrich, “What we are seeing in the past 20 years or so is that severe storms are becoming more common further to the east, so places like Western Kentucky and Western Tennessee are actually seeing a pretty substantial increase in the number of severe weather events…We have to become a lot more severe weather aware in this area and pay attention to weather have a weather radio available and a plan so that when severe weather happens we know what to do with out having to do with out having to think about it.”

After the recent storms our area has endured, it’s normal to be anxious. However, experts say as long as you have a plan in place, there is no need to fret.

Cunanan also says, “People do worry and a lot of people especially a lot of people in our area are worried because they’ve been through these some of these storms before. A lot of people have post traumatic stress from some of these but if you’re worried I think the thing that you need to do is be prepared. When people have a plan they feel a little bit of a since of comfort because they know exactly what to do and when to it.”