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Severe Storms

Barrington can be affected by severe weather in any season of the year. Severe weather can cause power outages, road closures, and other disruptions. Be prepared to “weather the storm”, by following these guidelines:

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If you're inside when severe weather strikes:

  • Avoid contact with corded phones, electrical equipment and plumbing.
  • Don't use your cell phone during a thunderstorm.
  • Don't wash your hands, take a shower, wash dishes or do laundry.
  • Stay away from windows, doors and concrete items.

If you're outdoors when severe weather strikes:

  • Seek shelter when you first see dark clouds, lightning or hear thunder.
  • Squat low to the ground. Place your hands on your knees with your head between them. Make yourself the smallest target possible.
  • Get out of water and avoid metal. They both can carry an electrical current.
  • Get inside a completely enclosed building immediately if one is accessible.
  • Don't go into a carport, open garage or covered patio.
  • If you can't find a completely enclosed building, find a hard-topped, all-metal vehicle.
  • Avoid leaning against vehicles. Get off bicycles and motorcycles.
  • If you're in a group of people, spread out.
  • Stay away from tall, isolated objects.
  • If you're driving during a thunderstorm, get off the road. A lightning bolt could strike your car and temporarily blind you. See driving safety tips for every weather situation.
  • If you're boating or swimming, get to shore immediately.


Click "Play" on the video below, to view a severe weather emergency preparedness presentation, given by Barrington Fire Chief Jim Arie at the April 11, 2011 Village Board Meeting.

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