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Tim GanoungWe may be well into summer but it's not too late for severe storms and tornadoes. Do you know the difference between a severe weather watch and a severe weather warning? Many people don't, but knowing the difference could save your life.

WATCH: Stay alert and aware.

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

When your area is in a watch, stay alert for changing weather.

WARNING: Take action now.

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.

For help building a basic disaster supply kit and creating an emergency plan to protect yourself and your family, visit www.ready.gov/build-a-kit and www.ready.gov/make-a-plan.

Tim Ganoung, Personal Insurance Consultant