Another kind of severe weather alert that calls for a different kind of action is hurricanes, and with the season already under way, it's a good idea to mention those precautions here. The safest thing to do is whatever the local and state authorities tell you to, and in the case of major hurricanes, tornadoes and storms, there will be emergency alert systems in place on TV and radio to inform you of the safest course of action. Many people resist leaving their homes in the event of a severe storm, and as Hurricane Katrina proved, this can have deadly results. When local authorities recommend evacuation, it is best to do so as soon as possible. Being prepared with prepacked household goods and clothing/food/water as well as gasoline is always a good idea if you live in a severe weather area.
Yes, there are different kinds of weather alerts such as tornado, flood, etc. It is also very important to follow the instructions that are given. For example, usually when there is a tornado warning or watch, they tell you go indoors immediately. You are to go the lowest floor (basement if you have one) and stay away from windows, etc. In addition, you should go to an interior room.
It is always a good idea to prepare an emergency kit. This kit should include items such as a flashlight, radio, first aid supplies, etc. Every family should also have an emergency plan as well. This will allow all family members to know what to do and how to contact one another should an emergency occur. It is always good to prepared.
It really depends on the kind of severe weather alert. Many times you can get information from the tv or the radio with things that you ought to do or ought not to do, depending on the situation.
If there is a chance of lightning, obviously you'd want to stay inside and not be on the phone or on any electrical appliance or even in the shower if you can help it. Anything that increases your likelihood of being close to wires or metal pipes, etc, should be avoided.
If there is a chance of a tornado, you should be thinking about a room without windows, preferably a basement or a room sheltered as much as possible from wind and debris that might be carried in the wind.