El Paso Extreme Weather Task Force (EWTF)
The EWTF provides free fans to qualified individuals. In addition, the task force provides education for the community about the necessary steps to be prepared and protected from the effects of severe weather. EWTF encourages the “Buddy System” through the community to check on their neighbors and elderly family members. Call 2-1-1 to request or donate a fan.
PREPARE FOR THE WIND
Windy weather and dust storms can affect our health and safety. When winds are sustained at 40mph damage is possible. During strong thunderstorms wind speeds can exceed 100MPH. High winds can blow objects around and pose a significant threat to your safety.
Follow these tips to stay safe during the windy months ahead.
- Listen to weather alerts. Sign up for reverse notification systems or follow the National Weather Service on social media.
- Plan your day accordingly to avoid times when strong winds are expected.
- People who are at risk should take special precautions: infants, elderly, and people with asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, or other respiratory diseases.
- Pick up around your yard, check the trees on your property, and inspect your roof for weakness.
- Reinforce windows, doors, and your garage door.
- Prepare an emergency kit. For a complete list of items that you should have in your kit visit, http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/kit/disasters/
DURING A WIND OR DUST STORM
- Take Shelter: Go inside a sturdy building and move to an interior room or basement.
- If Driving: Anticipate gust, keep a distance from larger vehicles, and hold the steering wheel with both hands. If the wind becomes severe, move off the road, and take shelter in your car away from trees and power lines. Remember to set the emergency brake and keep your seatbelt on.
- In a Dust Storm: Get indoors, and close all windows and turn off AC units.
AFTER A WIND OR DUST STORM
- Power Outages: Strong winds can interrupt power and communication systems. Do not go near down powered lines and report any downed power lines to the police. For a list of possible power outages in your area visit: https://www.epelectric.com/about-el-paso-electric/power-outages
- Keep Updated: Listen to local news for updates.
- Be Careful: Remember to be careful when handling debris that may have blown into your yard.
PROTECT YOUR BODY FROM THE WIND
- Hydrate: Keep your fluid intake high to ensure your skin is prepared from the inside out.
- Moisturize: Skin can benefit from additional moisture in windy conditions. Remember to use oil based creams and lip balm during the windy season.
- Bundle Up: Winds are damaging to skin, so keep out of the elements as much as possible. While outdoors, wear gloves, hats, and other warm clothing. If you are going to be outside for extended periods of time, consider the use of a ski mask.
Helpful Websites for Extreme Weather