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TCU alumni connect with each other at Guy Fieri’s Dive & Taco Joint in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. on Friday Oct. 7, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Tristen Smith)
How TCU's alumni chapters keep the Horned Frog spirit alive post-grad
By Addison Thummel, Staff Writer
Published May 11, 2024
TCU graduates can stay connected with the Horned Frog community with alumni chapters across the nation.

Go inside to stay alive: surviving tornado season in Fort Worth

FILE – In this March 29, 2000 file photo, a house on the west side of Fort Worth, Texas, sits undamaged while homes across the street were severely damaged by a tornado that hit the area. It’s been nearly 20 years since the tornado lumbered through downtown Fort Worth and experts say the deadly storm left behind more than just destruction. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that experts say the twister in 2000, which caused an estimated $400 million in damage, triggered a valuable opportunity for business redevelopment and more housing. Insurance Council of Texas records show the tornado that killed two people in Fort Worth was the 21st costliest storm in state history. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam, File)
Allie Desimone explains the best ways to prepare in case of a tornado warning.

Severe weather season is upon us in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area.

It is crucial to be prepared as DFW sits at the eastern edge of Tornado Alley, a region prone to tornado activity due to the merging of hot and cold air masses.

Tornado season typically spans from March to June and is characterized by unstable weather patterns. 

Warning versus watch

First, it is important to understand the difference between a tornado warning and a tornado watch.

A tornado watch means that weather conditions are prone to tornado formation, while a tornado warning indicates that there is an imminent threat, with a tornado either sighted or detected on radar. 

Familiarizing yourself with Fort Worth’s sirens is crucial. These sirens communicate that there is an emergency, and that residents need to seek shelter. 

Recognizing the signs of an approaching tornado is another essential aspect of preparedness.

A strange quiet after thunderstorms or a loud roar are both audible indicators. Visual displays are clouds of debris and hail falling. Tornados, which can spin at 200 mph, can hurl this debris. Seek shelter if any of these things are noticed. 

What to do in case of emergency

Stocking up on essential supplies like water, non-perishable food and medications are key ways to craft an emergency kit.

Identify the safest location within your home or on campus to further enhance your readiness. This safe location ideally avoids windows, doors and exterior walls. It should be on the lowest level possible. Consider hiding under sturdy furniture or a bathtub and use your arms to protect your head. 

Preparation is the key to safety. Having an emergency kit and knowing where to seek shelter can make all the difference in guaranteeing your safety during severe weather events.

Stay informed and alert during severe weather seasons and take proactive steps to protect yourself and your community. 

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