Monday, January 14 – Lightning (day 1 of 5) Lightning can strike during any thunderstorm, and the safest place to be is indoors. On average, Florida can see 70-100 days a year with at least one thunderstorm somewhere in the state. Educating your family for severe weather is an important step in disaster preparedness. The Salvation Army is joining partners across Florida recognizing Severe Weather Awareness Week. We’ll be highlighting severe weather and a few of the hazards caused by extreme conditions each day.
Tuesday, January 15 - Marine Hazards and Rip Currents (day 2 of 5) Large waves, thunderstorm winds, lightning, waterspouts, and rip currents are just some of the hazards that can impact marine conditions across Florida’s waterways. Make sure to never swim alone, pay attention to warning flags, and always obey lifeguards.

Wednesday, January 16 - Thunderstorms and Tornadoes (day 3 of 5) A tornado is a violent whirlwind that usually develops in association with a severe thunderstorm. Wind speeds in an intense tornado are likely to rise above 200 miles per hour. These violent winds are what make tornadoes so deadly – they can uproot and snap trees, down power lines, move or pick up cars and trucks, and destroy homes. Tornadoes that form over a body of water are called water spouts. Should a tornado threaten your area, take shelter or ‘duck and cover’.)
Thursday, January 17 - Hurricanes and Flooding (day 4 of 5) In 2018, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services teams served more than 760,000 meals in response to Hurricane Michael. While recovery continues, preparing for a hurricane and flooding is a year-round need for every Floridian. Having a plan and building a disaster supply kit are important ways to be prepared. https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

Friday, January 18 - Wildfires and Extreme Temperatures (day 5 of 5) The Salvation Army has responded to wildfires across Florida by providing food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders. Getting involved and serving is easy, just visit www.SalArmyEDS.org to register and view upcoming training opportunities.