Always Call 9-1-1 if you are in danger and need assistance.
Severe weather can come into Gilbert and its surrounding communities very fast. Citizens should know the warning signs and be prepared for wind, rain, dust, and potential power outages.
It is important to understand weather terminology so when these types of notices are issued by the National Weather Service their significance is understood.
Understanding Watches, Warnings, and Advisories
- Watches mean that widespread severe weather is possible.
- A Watch means that severe weather has not occurred yet, but weather conditions are becoming highly volatile. Pay close attention to the weather, and tune into TV, radio, or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts frequently.
- Warnings (Severe Thunderstorm, Flash Flood, Dust Storm, or in rare cases, Tornado) mean that life-threatening weather is about to occur, or has been reported. Take action immediately.
- Flood Advisories mean heavy rains will cause minor flooding of washes, streams, and typical flood-prone areas. Flooding in this situation is usually not serious. If the flooding does become life threatening, then the flood advisory is upgraded to a Flash Flood Warning.
Here are a few safety tips from SRP:
- Stay at least 100 feet from any downed power line.
- Never try to help someone trapped by a power line. The line could be energized and endanger your own safety. Instead, immediately call 911 for help. Then call SRP’s emergency number, (602) 236-8811, to report the incident.
- If a power line hits your car while you are in it, stay inside the car until professional help arrives.
- If your vehicle catches fire and you must leave it, avoid making contact with the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Jump from the vehicle, landing with both feet together. Shuffle or hop away, keeping both feet in contact with each other until you are at least 100 feet from the vehicle. This may avoid making your body a ground path between energized and grounded areas or objects.
- Do not shower during a storm. Lightning can travel through pipes.
- Do not swim during a storm. Lightning can strike bodies of water.
- Lightning can travel through electric lines and damage electronic equipment. Therefore, when practical, unplug the power cords to all electronic equipment to provide total protection from lightening-induced damage.
If you experience a Power Outage during a storm, please contact your utility company. SRP can be reached at 602-236-888 and APS at 602-371-7171. You may also wish to follow them on their social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
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