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Tim GanoungApril is Tornado Awareness Month

We're all grateful that spring is finally here. However, spring weather can be unpredictable. Severe weather can develop quickly. Do you know the difference between a severe weather watch and a severe weather warning? Knowing the difference may save your life.

WATCH: A severe thunderstorm or tornado watch gives you advance notice that conditions are favorable for dangerous weather.

When your area is in a watch, stay alert for changing weather. A watch is not a warning. During a watch, there will be information about what type of weather you might see and the chance of it actually occurring.

Risk levels can range from a few storms with hail and high winds to a particularly dangerous situation when deadly tornadoes can occur. Stay alert and understand your risk. Tune in to local news for updates.

WARNING: A warning is issued when severe weather is about to strike in your area. For severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flash floods, it means the weather event is happening now and you need to take action immediately.

Review your family emergency plan and check your emergency supply kit, so that if a warning is issued, you are prepared. For help building a basic disaster supply kit or creating a plan to protect yourself and your family, go to www.ready.gov.

Tim Ganoung, Personal Insurance Consultant