Severe Weather

Preparing your family before severe weather

TYLER, Texas (KETK) - Severe weather in Texas can happen at any time, but its prime period is in March, April, and May. As you know, it only takes one storm to cause havoc & damage. We want you to be prepared BEFORE storms strike. The question is, are you ready?

Being prepared before severe weather includes a number of items, including having the basic understanding of a severe storm watch and warning, having an emergency plan for when a warning is issued, and being able to be notified of weather information at all hours of the day.


On-air and online, KETK Meteorologists will advise you of watches and warnings. Let’s explain the difference between the two.

A watch means that conditions are favorable for severe weather to occur and that storm development is likely in a particular area. During a watch, you’ll want to stay weather aware with the East Texas Storm Team for rapidly changing weather conditions and storms that can develop and become severe.

When a warning is issued, there is radar confirmation or storm spotter reports of severe weather occurring in the area, and action needs to be taken to protect life and property. Depending on location, population center areas, & damage reports, KETK Meteorologists will break into programming to give you the latest information. Weather warnings and watches will always crawl at the bottom of your screen.


Many businesses and school districts have an emergency plan in the event of a tornado, earthquake, or other dangerous situations. Just like them, it is important for you and your family to have a plan of action before weather strikes.

First, have an Emergency Supply Kit. There are many things to have in this kit, but it is based on your family’s needs. A few MUST-HAVE items: flashlights, a first-aid kit, non-perishable food items, batteries, water, even a spare mobile device charger. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has additional recommendations here.

Second, know where to take cover when severe weather is in the forecast. The best location would be in a sturdy building that has an interior room away from outer walls and windows. If you live in a mobile home, it is best to know your closest study building location—so you can travel there if needed.

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