WFMY News 2 wants to make sure you stay safe and on top of the latest weather alerts as we're expecting severe weather.

There are a few things you should do now to prepare.

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Charge Up Your Tech Devices: With severe weather, there's always the possibility of power outages. Plan ahead and get your phones, laptops, and tablets charged up now. The more options you have when the power goes out, the longer you'll be able to keep in touch.

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Emergency Contacts: Program all your emergency contact numbers and email addresses into your mobile phone. It's important to include the police department, fire station and hospital, as well as family members.

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Be sure to check the county where you live and work, so you'll get alerts in your area. Consider leaving your phone near your bed so you'll be able to hear alerts headed for you overnight.

Twitter vs. Facebook: Don't depend solely on Facebook to deliver timely weather alerts. Facebook uses an algorithm to determine what shows up in your newsfeed. Every post does not show up in your feed even if you've liked a page. You will miss important posts if you only depend on seeing them through Facebook. Twitter, on the other hand, will show every single post from a source you're following. Be sure to double-check time stamps on tweets and posts. People will often share information about weather warnings even after they've expired.

Severe Weather Radio

A severe weather radio can mean the difference between life and death in a storm. They're rather inexpensive, most around $30-$40.

Read: Tips On Staying Safe When Severe Weather Hits

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What is a Tornado Watch?

A Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for tornado development. People located in and around the watch area should keep an eye toward the sky and listen to their NOAA weather radio or tune to WFMY News 2 for further weather information.

Read: Watch vs Warning: What's the Difference In Severe Weather

The watch is intended to give you time to prepare and review your safety rules.

What is a Tornado Warning?

A Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been detected by the National Weather Service Doppler radar or a reliable report of a tornado has been reported from the field. A tornado warning is usually issued for portions of one or two counties for an hour or less. The storm could also produce large hail and destructive straight line winds. If the tornado warning includes your neighborhood or workplace, you should seek safe shelter immediately.

Read: What You Need To Know About Lightning That Could Save Your Life

Tornado Safety

In the case of a tornado warning, here are some tips for staying safe depending on where you are when the storm hits.

Read: Tornado Safety Tips: What You Need To Know To Be As Safe As Possible

NC Tornadoes

House/Stand-alone building:

  • Get to the lowest level possible
  • Go to an area with as many walls between you as possible
  • Get in a bathtub or interior closet
Tornado Safety 

Mobile Home:

  • Get out of the mobile home and get in a sturdy building if possible
  • Get out of the mobile home and hunker in a ditch
  • If no ditch or building is nearby, plan ahead and get to a sturdy building ahead of time.
Mobile home safety 

Apartment:

  • Get to the lowest level (go to a neighbor's apartment on the first floor)
  • Regardless of what floor you're on, get in a bathtub or interior closet
  • If you are on a higher level and can't get to a lower apartment, hunker down in the breezeway of the apartment building

Car:

  • If possible, pull over, park, get inside a building and out of the storm
  • If you have to stay in your car, try to find a ditch to park in and use your emergency break
  • DO NOT park under a bridge or overpass
Tornado Safety

Miscellaneous Tips for Keeping Safe in a Tornado:

  • Cover yourself with a mattress, sleeping bags, or pillows
  • Wear a helmet to protect your head
  • Hunker down as much as possible

Power Line Safety

Safety Stay away from power lines that have fallen or are sagging during a storm. Consider all lines energized as well as trees or limbs in contact with lines. Report downed power lines to your local power company and to your police department.

If a power line falls across a car that you're in, stay in the car. If you MUST get out of the car due to a fire or other immediate life-threatening situation, do your best to jump clear of the car and land on both feet. Be sure that no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground.

Reporting Power Outages

Duke Energy: 1-800-POWERON, 1-800-769-3766 Customers may also report an outage or view current outages online

Duke Energy Progress: 1-800-419-6356

NC Electrical Cooperatives: 1-888-411-7870

Energy United: 1-800-386-4833

Randolph Electric: 1-877-736-2633

Piedmont Electric: 1-800-449-2667

Surry-Yadkin Electric: 336-356-8241

City of Lexington Electric: 336-248-2337

City of High Point Electric: 336-883-3111

Power Outages 

What To Do After A Tornado

Tips provided by Ready.gov

  • If you are trapped, do not move about or kick up dust. Tap on a pipe or wall or use a whistle, if you have one, so that rescuers can locate you.
  • Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.
  • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
  • Watch out for debris and downed power lines.
  • Stay out of damaged buildings and homes until local authorities indicate it is safe.
  • Use extreme caution during post-disaster clean-up of buildings and around debris. Do not attempt to remove heavy debris by yourself. Wear protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, work gloves, and sturdy, thick-soled shoes during clean-up.
  • Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.
  • Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.
  • If your home is without power, use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns rather than candles to prevent accidental fires.

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