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Ag Weather Outlook 6/20/2014

by Tim Abramowski

In spite of the passage of several lines of storms recently spring 2014 wasnt all that tumultuous for most in Michigan. Farmers do stay alert to changing weather. It comes with rolling the dice every year while producing food and fiber as you hope to avoid or minimize the effects of what Mother Nature can deliver. And sometimes you loose. Ask the folks in Pilger, Nebraska or Wessington Springs, South Dakota. While weve all been told about the differences between watches and warnings and where to take shelter, theres not a lot of time spent focusing on what to do after a severe storm has overtaken your life. Here are some thoughts from the Centers for Disease Control. Dont try to move seriously injured people unless theyre in immediate danger of further injury. Continue to monitor your battery-powered radio. Take care when entering any structure thats been damaged. Find sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeves and gloves when walking on or near debris. Use battery-powered lanterns rather than candles to light darkened buildings. Never use generators, grills or charcoal-burning devices inside your home or outside near an open window. Stay off the telephone except to report an emergency. Shut off electrical power, natural gas and propane tanks. And dont forget the kids remind them the situation isnt permanent and include them in the familys clean up activities.