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Emergency Preparedness :: Severe Weather

Severe Weather Alert Safety Tips

  1. If you come to a flooded area, turn around and go the other way
  2. DO NOT go around barricades, even if there appears to no longer be any water on the roadway. A portion of the road itself could be missing.
  3. If your car stalls, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.
  4. Stay safe, stay out of trouble. Monitor conditions and stay away from low-lying area and creeks and streams.

Floodwaters Cover The Road

What to Do When Floodwaters Cover The Road? The Texas Department of Public Safety and the City of Arlington Office of Emergency Management urges the driving public to exercise caution during a severe rain storm.

Flooding is the most common cause of weather-related deaths in Texas.

As little as six inches of water can be fatal.

When a motorist observes water across a road, they should back away and choose a different route. Never drive through heavy water on a road. Water can be deeper than it appears. Water levels can rise quickly.

Floodwaters erode roadways. A missing section of a road, even a missing bridge, will not be visible when there is a large amount of water flowing across it.

If your car stalls in floodwaters, get out quickly and move to higher ground.

Automobiles can become death traps when electric windows and door locks short out when water reaches them.


Did you know lightning is the second most common cause of weather-related deaths in the state of Texas?

  • Lightning is most likely to strike tall, metal objects.
  • Seek shelter in a sturdy building and away from windows and doors.
  • Avoid electric appliances and metal plumbing. Do not use the telephone.
  • If you are outdoors, seek shelter in the inside of a car, truck or bus.
  • Do not touch metal on the inside of a vehicle. The bed of a truck is a deadly location. Do not lean against a vehicle.


  • Athletic fields are dangerous places during a thunderstorm.
  • Metal bleachers, fences, light poles and goal posts attract lightning.
  • When lightning hits these objects, the electric charge travels through the object.
  • Be prepared to suspend a game and move players and spectators into nearby buildings or into cars and buses until the threat of the storm passes.
  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.
  • If you are outdoors with no shelter available, stay low.
  • Move away from hills and high places. Avoid tall, isolated trees.
  • Do not touch metal objects such as tennis rackets, baseball bats, or golf clubs.
  • Do not ride bicycles.
  • Do not lean against a car or truck. Get inside the vehicle quickly.
  • If you feel your hair suddenly stand up on end, it could mean a lightening strike is near. Sit low on the ground on the balls of your feet and try not to touch the ground with your knees or hands.
  • Avoid wet areas that can conduct a lightning charge.


Tornadoes can occur at any time of the year in Texas.

They are most likely to occur during the spring and summer.

The Texas Department of Public Safety and the City of Arlington of Office Emergency Management urges the public to learn what to do when a tornado is sighted.

The most important rule is to get low and stay low.

  • If at home, seek shelter in an interior room on the lowest floor of the home such as a bathroom, closet or room without windows.
  • If at work, go to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor of the office building or to a designated shelter area.
  • If in a mobile home, take shelter in a nearby building. If a building is not nearby, lie flat in a ditch or ravine. Your mobile home park should have a designated shelter area.
  • Never stay inside of a car. Leave the car and lie flat in a ditch or a ravine. Take shelter in a building if one is nearby. Never try to run from a tornado in your vehicle.
  • At school, go to designated shelter area, which is usually in an interior hallway on the lowest floor. Stay out of an auditorium, gymnasium and other areas with wide roofs. If you are in a portable or manufactured building, go to a nearby permanent structure or take cover outside on low ground.
  • If shopping, go to an interior wall or hallway on the lowest floor. Do not leave the shopping center to get in your vehicle.If you are in open country, take cover on lowest part of the ground.
  • Learn the difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning. A Tornado Watch means watch the sky. A Tornado Warning means a tornado is on the ground and you must seek shelter immediately.
  • Stat tuned to local radio and television news reports for the most up-to-date weather information.

Emergency Supply Kit

The Texas Department of Public Safety and the City of Arlington Office of Emergency Management is urging the public to prepare for severe storms before they strike and organize an emergency supply kit for your home.

Your emergency supply kit allows you to store supplies in water resistant, easy-to-lift containers. This supply kit is appropriate for severe weather events or any type of an emergency.

Your Emergency Supply Kit should contain the following Items:

  • A First-Aid kit
  • Cash – A power outage could make banks and ATMs unavailable
  • A battery or hand powered radio
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Important documents and records such as a photo ID and proof of residency
  • A three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • One gallon of bottled water per person per day
  • A fire extinguisher
  • Blankets, sleeping bags and extra clothing
  • Extra prescription medications
  • Eyeglasses and sunglasses
  • Extra keys
  • Toilet paper
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Duct tape
  • A tarp
  • Rope
  • Can opener and knife
  • Booster cables
  • Road maps
  • Special supplies for babies or pets

Learn more about Severe Weather preparedness, visit the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management web site.