MADISON (WKOW) -- During severe weather season it's important to be aware of the forecast and have a plan in place.
You should know the difference between a watch and warning. A watch means that conditions are right for severe weather to occur within the watch area and you should stay tuned to WKOW-27 or a radio for further updates.
A warning means that severe weather, be it a tornado, severe thunderstorm or flash flood, is occurring and you need to take the appropriate actions to protect life and property.
For severe thunderstorms, stay indoors. For flash floods, move to higher ground and don't drive across flooded roadways. For tornados, seek shelter immediately in the basement or lowest level of a sturdy building and away from doors and windows.
One way to be alert of severe weather situations is to have a NOAA weather radio.
The National Weather Service has the ability to activate your weather radio anytime of the day, even 2 or 3 in the morning. Outdoor warning sirens can also alert you to get more information.
Finally, you should have a plan in place for when severe weather strikes, and have emergency supplies ready: water, flashlights, batteries, a T.V. or a radio and the 3 Ps: Pets, Pills and Purses.
Make sure your pets are safe, you have any medication you might need, and have your wallet with money and identification on hand.