Tornado

How to Prepare for a Tornado

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Scientists have made great strides in their ability to predict, detect, and monitor tornadoes, but these deadly storms still often strike with little or no warning, and they can move very quickly. When a tornado strikes, every second counts, so advance planning is key to survival.

Steps

  1. Understand that tornadoes can occur just about anywhere, at any time. The U.S. has the most tornadoes each year, but tornadoes have occurred on every continent except Antarctica. While tornadoes are more common at certain times of year (in the spring and summer in the U.S.), these deadly storms can strike during any month of the year and at any time of the day or night. No matter when you’re reading this article, if you don’t have a plan in place, you should start now, and you should make sure your preparations are up-to-date throughout the year.
  2. Know what to watch for. Tornadoes almost always develop in the presence of thunderstorms (though the thunderstorm may be some distance away from you), so lightning, rain, and hail (especially if occurring after a tornado watch or warning has been issued) should put you on guard. In addition, watch out for the following:
    • Darkening skies, particularly if the sky appears a sickly greenish color
    • Strong, persistent rotation of the cloud base
    • Very calm and quiet conditions during or right after a thunderstorm
    • A rumble or roar that sounds like continuous thunder or, sometimes, a train or jet
    • Whirling debris near the ground, even in the absence of a funnel cloud
    • Blue-green or white flashes at ground level in the distance at night–a sign of power lines being snapped by high winds

  3. Stay informed. Even if you know the signs of a tornado, you can’t always rely on your own eyes and ears alone to know if one is coming. Listen to local radio stations or watch local TV to stay informed, especially during conditions that are likely to form tornadoes.
    • In the U.S. the best way to get information about severe weather is to get a NOAA weather radio. These can be purchased cheaply at most big box retailers and outdoor supply stores. If possible, find one with backup battery power and a tone-alert feature which automatically notifies you when the National Weather Service issues a severe weather watch or warning for your area.
    • Find a website with a local radar link or page. This will give you a real-time look at storm cells in your area, and because you can see the intensity and direction of movement of storm cells and systems relevant to your home, you can judge more accurately when precautions should be taken. Several weather websites have this feature.
    • Find out if your community has tornado sirens and learn what they sound like. If you hear these sirens, seek shelter immediately.

  4. Listen for tornado watches and warnings. The National Weather Service in the U.S. issues both watches and warnings for severe weather.
    • A tornado watch indicates that conditions are right for tornado development and tornadoes are possible in your area. If you hear a tornado watch or a severe thunderstorm watch, you should pay special attention to weather conditions.
    • A tornado warning indicates that a tornado has been seen in your area or that radar indicates the presence of a tornado. If a tornado warning is issued, you should seek appropriate shelter immediately. A severe thunderstorm warning means that a severe thunderstorm has been spotted in your area, and you should take appropriate precautions and watch for tornadoes.
    • Keep maps of your local area handy so that you can identify the location of a storm when it’s reported on the radio.

  5. Identify appropriate shelters at home, work, and school. When a tornado strikes, you often don’t have time to search for an appropriate place to seek shelter. Think about where you’ll go ahead of time so that you’ll be ready in the event of a storm. For more information on where to seek shelter, see this article. In general:
    • Check the structure of your home. In the event you are in your home when a tornado strikes, you should know what area is the most structurally capable of withstanding the force of the tornado. If you have a tornado shelter, that is the best place to go, and if you live in an are that frequently experiences tornadoes, you should consider building such a shelter. Otherwise seek shelter in a basement or, if you don’t have a basement, in an interior room (particularly a bathroom) on the first floor of your house.
    • Know where to go at work or school. The general rules for seeking shelter at home also apply at work or school. If you are in a tornado-prone area, your workplace or school may have a designated shelter.

  6. Prepare a family disaster plan. If a tornado or other disaster strikes, communicating with your family may be difficult or impossible. Plan ahead to make sure everyone knows what to do in the event of a disaster. You should also maintain a disaster supplies kit at all times. If your workplace or school doesn’t have a disaster plan in place, work to develop one.

Tips

  • Mobile homes are not a good place to weather severe storms. If you live in one, special care should be taken to watch for weather warnings and alerts to allow time to move to a more safe shelter. Think about neighbors, also. If you have neighbors who live in vulnerable homes, give them a call if you hear about dangerous conditions heading toward them.
  • Keep an eye out for fast moving clouds, especially rotating cloud formations. Often tornadoes drop down vertically and lift straight back up, so you will not always observe them coming toward you.
  • Don’t second guess your decision where to ride out the weather, once a storm is imminent, stay put, and don’t take chances.
  • Purchase a self powered Weather Radio, found at the local Radio Shack, a self powered flashlight, found at the local Wal*Mart, light sticks. Do not use candles, smoke, etc., due to the presence of mangled gas lines and other explosive gases may be present.

Warnings

  • It goes without saying that tornadoes are deadly weather events. Don’t take any life-threatening chances.
  • Tornadoes are sometimes obscured by clouds or rain, and there is sometimes no visible funnel cloud.

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Acts 4 Links


Acts Chapter FOUR…

David Lemmons

In this chapter we find the persecution from the Jews beginning.  Peter and John are arrested for preaching about Jesus rising from the dead.  Rapid growth is taking place from the efforts of the apostles and others of the Jerusalem church, now reaching 5,000 men.  Peter and John give their defense before the Council.  The boldness of these two apostles was noticed.  The power of the signs produced by the apostles was doing its work of confirming their word.  In verse 20 we find a great truth that needs to be memorized and practiced by every gospel preacher.  That the early church believed in the power of prayer is evident in this chapter.  Their prayer was not to avoid suffering, but rather to have the boldness to continue spreading the message.  These early Christians were a sharing and caring group.  We have in this chapter our first mention of Barnabas as he sells some land and gives it to the apostles.

Links…

  1. To a PDF file containing a 4-Page Handout suitable for use in an Adult Bible Class, go H-E-R-E.
  2. To a PDF file containing 17 links online to files relating to some aspect of Acts 4, go H-E-R-E.

Jesus


SOURCE: The Minister’s Monthly, January 1966, pages 235-36.

 

HE IS THE STONE

by Frank L. Cox

Acts 4: 11, 12    –
In this passage we see:

I. “The stone.” (Psalm 118: 22.) Jesus is so called because of his stone-like qualities.—He is strong, durable, fit for a foundation. (Isa. 28: 16; 1 Cor. 3: 11; Eph. 2: 20; 2 Tim. 2: 19.)

II. A rejected stone: “Set at nought of you the builders.” The Jews were the builders. They were erecting the building of their national life. When they came to Jesus, they found no place for him. They set him at nought.

1. They rejected all that he offered: His word (John 8:37);

his reign (Luke 19: 14); his protection (Luke 13: 34); the abundant life (John 5: 40; 10: 10.)

2. Not content with this, they put him to death. They spurned the message and murdered the messenger.

III. A chosen stone: He “was made the head of the corner.” The blunder of the builders did not thwart the plan of the Almighty. (1 Pet. 2: 4, 7.)

1. Angels sang at his birth. (Luke 2: 8-14.)

2. He was shielded in his infancy. (Matt. 2: 13-23.)

3. He was acknowledged by the Father. (Matt. 3: 13-17.)

4. He was approved by mighty miracles. (Acts 2: 22.)

5. He was transfigured on “the holy mount.” (Matt. 17: 1-8.)

6. He was raised from the dead. (Rom. 1: 4.)

7. He was laid in Zion for a foundation. (Isa. 28: 16.)

IV. A stone of security: “In none other is there salvation,” etc. (John 6: 67, 68.)

1. An example to guide us. (1 Pet. 2: 21-23.)

2. A high priest to atone for us. (Heb. 9: 24.)

3. An advocate to intercede for us. (1 John 2: 1, 2.)

4. A mediator to stand between us and God. (1 Tim. 2: 5.)

5. It is through him and him alone that we have certainty of a happy immortality. (2 Tim. 1: 10.)

The apostle “puts his judged and accusers in the ridiculous attitude of builders laying the foundation of a house, but rejecting the stone which was cut for the corner, without which the foundation course could not be closed up, and no part of the wall could be built. Then, dropping the figure, he plainly declares that there is no salvation for man except in the name of the very Jesus whom they had crucified. This declaration is universal; and it shows that every human being who is saved at all will be saved in the name of Christ.” —McGarvey.

Every house that is built upon the sand will fall in the time of testing. But every house that is built upon the rock or the stone will stand forever. (Matt. 7: 24-27)— F. L.C.

A New Testament Church


 

SOURCE: The Minister’s Monthly, June 1965, page 443

A NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH

By Frank L. Cox

I. A harmonious church. “And all that believed were together” (Acts 2: 4). “And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and one soul” (Acts 4: 32).

II. A generous church. “They sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all, according as any man had need” (Acts 2: 45). “And not one of them said that aught of the things which he possessed was his own. but they had all things common” (Acts 4: 32).

III. A growing church. “And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all” (Acts 4: 33). “And the Lord added to them day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2: 47).

IV. A joyful church. “They took their food with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people” (Acts 2: 46, 47).

The congregation that does not possess these features cannot rightfully claim to be a church after the New Testament order. Every member should do his part to make the congregation what it should be.

Fellowship


SOURCE:  J. Winfred Clark, Firm Foundation, November 22, 1983, pp., 783-84.

The Value of Fellowship

by J. Winfred Clark

For a nice sermon outline regarding the VALUE of fellowship based upon Acts 4:23-37, you may go H-E-R-E, and open this PDF file.