JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Instead of ringing in the new year with bells and whistles, Region 8 could ring it in with thunder and lightning! That's why it's always important to be prepared for the weather.
Jonesboro E-911 Director Jeff Presley said, "We think about the thunderstorms and tornadoes in the spring time and summer. Winter time is an important time to think about that also."
Strong to severe storms are possible on New Years Eve and with many people traveling it's best to keep an eye to the sky.
Presley said, "Be aware of what's overhead if you're in a vehicle; electric lines, trees, things of this nature."
Most of you have a severe weather safety plan at your house, but if you are not home what do you do?
"You always want to have a back-up plan no matter where you're at. If you're in a public building such as a mall, you want to know the evacuation routes, you want to know the safe rooms. Information like that is very helpful," said Presley.
The safest place to be is a basement or a storm shelter. If the structure does not have the latter, go to the lowest floor and get into an interior room without windows.
Presley says it's very important to be on top of what's happening in the weather especially during the holidays.
"I've always recommended keeping a weather radio handy. They make the portable ones that are battery back-up. You can set that for our area, for Craighead County or Jonesboro," said Presley.
With heavy rain a possibility, visibility on the roadways could be reduced, so be cautious when driving.
Presley said, "Be aware of your driving habits. Slow down a little bit if the roads are wet. Leave that extra space between that car in front of you."