EASTON As Maryland welcomes spring, Talbot County Department of Emergency Services is reminding residents to be aware and be prepared for the severe weather that may occur throughout the season.

Preparation is accomplished by becoming familiar with weather safety tips, remaining aware of weather forecasts, staying indoors during severe weather conditions and ensuring a plan of where to shelter in the event of a tornado or other severe weather.

When severe weather threatens, the National Weather Service will issue watches or warnings that are rebroadcast by radio and television within minutes of issuance. It's important to be familiar with terminology used by the NWS, according to DES.

A watch means that a severe thunderstorm, flash flood or tornado is possible in your area and a warning means a thunderstorm, flash flood or tornado is actually occurring. Visit the NWS Web site for additional preparation tipsat www.erh.noaa.gov/lwx/awareness_week.

DES will also activate the "Connect CTY Public Notification System" for severe weather alerts. This system issues a recorded alert to landline telephones in the County and to those who sign up to receive notifications over cell phones and email.

For more information on Connect-CTY, visit www.talbotcountymd.gov/index.php?page=Connect_CTY.

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