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Be Ready for Storm Season

Storm season is underway! Residents are reminded to pay close attention to the weather and take shelter if necessary. The safest place to be in a storm is an internal room of your home or business, on the lowest level away from windows. The City of Allen does not have designated storm shelters for public use.

Allen operates fourteen outdoor warning sirens that sound during severe weather events, including large hailstorms, heavy winds and tornado warnings. Though the sirens are placed strategically throughout the city, they are designed to warn people who are outdoors. People who are inside may not hear them as air conditioning, thunder, wind, rain and other conditions can drown out the sound. The City of Allen highly recommends each home and business have other means to receive warnings and notifications, including internet, radio, television or a NOAA weather radio. Allen Fire Department provides additional information about storm and tornado safety on its website.

If you are caught on the road during severe weather, do not stop under a bridge or overpass. Doing so creates backups, puts other drivers in danger and blocks first responders. It can also put your own life at risk, as tornadoes often accompany hailstorms and the shape of an overpass can actually increase wind speeds. If you are caught on the road during severe weather, immediately exit the roadway and seek shelter inside a building.

If your home, vehicle or other property is damaged due to wind or hail, keep these things in mind.