Know how the public is warned (siren, radio, TV, etc.) and the warning terms for each kind of disaster in your community; e.g.:

* "winter storm watch" --- Be alert, a storm is likely
* "winter storm warning" --- Take action, the storm is in or entering the area
* "blizzard warning" --- Snow and strong winds combined will produce blinding snow, near zero visibility, deep drifts, and life-threatening wind chill--seek refuge immediately!
* "winter weather advisory" --- Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous, especially to motorists
* "frost/freeze warning" --- Below freezing temperatures are expected and may cause damage to plants, crops, or fruit trees
* "flash flood or flood watch" --- Be alert to signs of flash flooding and be ready to evacuate on a moment's notice
* "flash flood warning" --- A flash flood is imminent--act quickly to save yourself because you may have only seconds
* "flood warning" --- Flooding has been reported or is imminent--take necessary precautions at once


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