Millions of people are killed each year in disasters. Water, wind, and other natural phenomena can cause great devastation to the lives of people. This article gives tips on using your intuition to predict a disaster when it’s time to prepare.
Governments worldwide use warning systems to warn people about impending natural disasters. Several types of warnings are used, including geophysical warnings (such as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes), meteorological warnings (such as flooding or tornadoes), and social warnings (such as large-scale riots).
What is a Public storm warning signal?
A public storm warning signal is a meteorological early warning system designed for the Public to advise, warn and inform them of upcoming weather changes. The signals will include extreme weather events like heavy rain and lightning, causing damage to life and property, and generators to adjust the speed setting.
In case of a natural disaster, people can move to a safe place, and they can prepare themselves to avoid any significant and minor accidents. They can also be prepared to plan to move their families and other valuable assets.
Types of Public storm warning signals?
As we know, public storm warning signals are different from private ones. The public storm warning is a notification from meteorologists from the weather office regarding the impending storm condition and its severity. There are five types of public storm warning signals, and they follow the following sequence:
The first signal is a warning that severe weather could occur. In this case, the wind speed will be set to 30-60 kilometers per hour with the possibility of gusts up to 90km/h in 36 hours. Winds this strong can damage small trees, which may break if they are not well secured. It can also damage buildings of light wood or with lighter roofing materials such as tile, plasterboard, or asbestos. This should be considered when it comes to cleaning up after them.
The second signal will set the wind speed to 60-100km/h. This is greater than the previous one and can cause some damage to buildings and trees. We do not recommend going out during this signal but only staying there briefly if you must be outside. There may also be thunder during this specific time frame, damaging your property or injuring you if outside.
The third-degree signal is given when the wind speed is set to 100 kilometers per hour or greater than 185 kilometers per hour. This is a precursor that there could be a disturbance in electrical power or communication systems like the internet.
The third signal is a danger to life and property. This can be storm surges and heavy rain accompanied by winds that could cause damage to houses and other structures in coastal areas.
The fourth signal of the southwest monsoon arrives, and the wind speed is set to 177-220 kilometers per hour in the next 12 hours. This will cause heavy damage to buildings, trees, and communication services. This signal could also affect the electrical power supply, so you should be aware of this during the upcoming forecast.
In the face of calamity, I call on you to tune into the upcoming information and update yourself about anything unnecessary or essential. Please try to shelter yourselves from unnecessary outdoor activities or anything that can cause you harm. Always keep in mind: nothing is more important than your own life!
The fifth signal bears a wind speed of more than 220 kilometers per hour in the upcoming 12 hours. There could be heavy damage to all buildings, trees, and electric, communication services. Every type of building can be damaged in the fifth warning, and every strong giant tree could be uprooted, so move away from trees and buildings and go to shelters or wear protective gear. Inform others of your plan to avoid injuries.
In conclusion, public storm warning signals are a great way to notify the Public of severe storms. They are also helpful when used with other warnings, such as weather radar and flash flood watches.