Hazards & How to Prepare for Them

  1. Severe Thunderstorm
  2. Floods
  3. Winter Storms
  4. Extreme Heat
  5. Hurricanes

Severe Thunderstorms

Severe thunderstorms are a weekly occurrence in Bowie during summer. They bring heavy rainfall, high winds and every once in a while, a tornado. Because Bowie has a high number of trees, power outages are very likely from trees and debris falling on power lines. The best way to be prepared for thunderstorms is to sign up for alerts and know the difference between a watch and a warning.  

Severe Thunderstorm Watch:  Be Prepared

Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed through emergency alerts and be ready to seek shelter quickly. If you hear thunder, lightning strikes are possible where you are, so seek shelter. 

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action

Severe weather has been reported in your area and warnings indicate imminent danger to like and property. Take immediate shelter in a substantial building until the storm has passed. 

Severe Weather Warnings


Tornadoes have impacted Bowie in the past, and there's always the possibility that one will impact our area again. Tornadoes cause significant damage in a localized area and often come with little or no warning. The safest plan for a tornado is to know where your shelter is and stay alert to quickly changing conditions. 

Tornado Watch: Be Prepared

Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies and your safe rooms. Have a method to receive weather alerts in the event the watch becomes a warning.

Tornado Warning: Take Action

A tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building and avoid windows. If you are in a mobile home, vehicle or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. Remain in place until the tornado warning has been lifted.  

Tornado Warnings

Additional Resources

Tornado Safety from NWSTornado Safety from FEMA