7/11/2012 - EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Los Angeles County and Kern County both see dangerous wind events every year. Gusts up to 70 mph aren't uncommon in the passes and along the foot hills and of course here on Edwards AFB. High winds can make driving difficult, cause some power outages, damage buildings and vehicles, and also cause injuries or even death. Safety is essential before, during and after a high wind event.
There are certain things that you can do to ensure your safety during high winds and these include:
· Secure outdoor objects
· Debris may be flying around- be aware of your surroundings
· Report any downed power lines to the electrical company- DO NOT TOUCH
· Do not touch anything that is in contact with downed electrical power lines
· If you have to drive, drive slowly with both hands on the wheel. Turn on headlights while driving through blowing dust
· Keep a safe distance from other vehicles and watch for debris
· Watch for high profile vehicles- Campers, big rigs and trailers are more likely to overturn in high winds
· Get off the road and park on the shoulder if the winds make driving too dangerous
· Keep your pets inside or ensure they have shelter from the wind
Remember, Wind Advisories, Watches and Warnings are issued by the National Weather Service.