Spotter Safety: Escape Routes

Spotter Safety: Escape Routes



one very important item to consider as a storm spotter is your safety we're not expecting you to get killed in the process of spotting storms for us you need to be prepared aware and safe of your surroundings it is critical to know when you need to get away from danger be sure to have clear paths allowing you to reach safety before the threat arrives you should have a secure indoor shelter that will be available to you at all times if you're on the road make sure you have paths or roads for you to move to a secure shelter if necessary for mobile spotters and make sure you don't get trapped on a dead-end road never spot alone you should be aware of traffic congestion and construction in the area and avoid underpasses which are dangerous you need to remain alert for emergency vehicles and pedestrians you should know your position with respect to the movement of the storm if you have a radar application with GPS that's very handy in this situation be sure to never drive through the core of the storm you may end up driving into very heavy rain you won't be able to see due to the low visibility if you're unlucky enough you may get let large hail falling on top of you or even worse you may drive straight into a tornado storm spotting at night is very dangerous you should only do this from a safe shelter or with someone nearby it's very difficult to spot anything outside of the lightning flashes remember your personal safety is the top priority we are not encouraging you to go chase storms while some spotters may be mobile many will not they will report from a fixed location either their own home or a business or some location nearby but they will remain stationary all spotters need to be alert to rapidly changing conditions that could packed your safety

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