PONCE DE LEON – The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) will host an event to recognize Alexis Taylor at Ponce de Leon Elementary School as the Severe Weather Awareness Week poster contest winner for FDEM Region One. The event will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the elementary school, located at 1473 Ammons Road.
FDEM Director Bryan Koon, Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman, FDEM meteorologists, the American Red Cross and the National Weather Service will be present.
Students will be actively engaged with games and tips on how to be prepared for a disaster. While at the school, awards will be given to the winning student and her teacher. Media is welcome and photo opportunities will be available.
When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors
When you hear thunder roar immediately seek shelter in a substantial building or hard-topped metal vehicle. Remember, lightning can strike as far away as 10 miles from the thunderstorm.
What To Do When Lightning Threatens
· Develop a family emergency plan. Identify a safe shelter in your home, business and your neighborhood.
· Monitor the local forecast prior to planning events outdoors. Consider postponing outdoor activities when storms are expected.
· When a thunderstorm develops, go to a safe place. Substantial buildings provide the best protection. When a building is unavailable a hard-topped vehicle with closed windows will also offer good protection. Stay away from electronic devices, metal, wiring and plumbing.
· If you are unable to find a secured secured building, the Lightning Crouch may be used as a last resort. Find a ditch or low spot, crouch down and bend your head towards your knees.