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National Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Reno

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This week is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Lately we've seen some pretty nice weather but the Truckee Meadows has also seen its fair share of major storms in spring as well.

We talked with experts on what types of storms we may see in the next few months and how you can prepare for them. Chris Smallcomb has worked with the National Weather Service for over 14 years. He says in some ways we're lucky to live in Northern Nevada, but we're not completely out of the woods. "While we don't get hurricanes or tsunamis or big tornadoes, we do get our share of severe storms," said Smallcomb.

Meteorologists say the most typical season for thunderstorms is May through October. Some of which results in major flooding in the area. "Flash flooding. That's another big hazard that we see here. We've had some of those flash flood events. Just this last summer I-80 was closed for a brief period of time due to a mudslide," said Smallcomb.

We're told the most dangerous weather is lightning. "Probably the biggest hazard that people should be aware of is lightning. That's the one that kills the most people," said Smallcomb.

Luckily there are some ways you can prepare now. We talked with the Washoe County Emergency Manager Aaron Kenneston who says they work with several agencies every month to make sure everyone is prepared for just about everything. Kenneston told Channel 2 News it is important for residents to check around their homes for possible hazards. "Move around your house and look at what you are susceptible to? If you live near the river clearly there's a flooding threat. If you're in the beautiful hills near the forest then there's a wild land fire threat," said Kenneston.

There's also a few things you can do at home to prepare for any of these emergencies. One great tips we got today is to put together a safety kit. It costs around $25 to $50. You can get some that have been pre made by the American Red Cross or you can even create your own. Some of the essentials in the kit should include clean water, a radio, some food and if you have any medications make sure to include those in your safety pack too. "Repair cracked windows, simple things that might be a minor hazard during good weather can become a major hazard during severe storms," Kenneston.

Meteorologists also encourage you to stay up to date on the weather before you go outside. "Maybe consider doing your hike or your boating early in the day before the thunderstorms typically develop or just call it off until another day," said Smallcomb.

Meteorologists say the biggest storms for our area typically happen during the summer but it's always good to be prepared year round. For more information on severe weather preparedness, click the links below:

National Weather Service National Severe Weather Preparedness Week:

Washoe County Emergency Management Information:

Written by Chloe Beardsley

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