Vivian Gerlach presented the program, “Tornado Preparedness,” at the recent meeting of the Heart-N-Hands Extension Homemakers Club. The meeting was held at the Centennial Fellowship Church at White Hall.


Gerlach stated that tornadoes are mobile, destructive vortexes of violently rotating winds which have the appearance of a funnel shaped cloud. They are not very visible until dust and debris are picked up or a cloud forms within the funnel, making them deadly.


“During bad weather, we must be alert and tune in for warnings. Tornado watches and warnings are issued as soon as the conditions are identified,” according to the presentation.


“A watch encompasses a broad area and lasts for several hours. Tornado warnings are issued by local National Weather Service Forecast Offices when a tornado is either on the ground or has been detected by Doppler radar. A warning is for a small area and usually lasts for 30 minutes to an hour. You should seek shelter,” according to the presentation.


During actual tornado warnings or tornado drills, remember to DUCK: D-(Downstairs) Go down to the lowest level, stay away from the windows; U- (Underneath Something); C- (Center Part of the House) Cover your head; K-(Keep Away From Windows) Keep in shelter until the storm has passed. The debris from tornadoes causes most deaths and injuries.


Gerlach stressed having a rolling bag prepared for a designated safe area. Be sure to include an extra pair of shoes and supplies for three days. Gerlach concluded her program by distributing bottles of water with dishwashing liquid and glitter. When the bottle is shaken, the glitter resembles debris in a tornado.


Meanwhile, during the meeting, President Brenda Robinson announced that the club had delivered 107 teaching dolls and 100 caps in December to the Festival of Stars. The club has collected 637 food items so far for the Transformation Project at the Centennial Fellowship Church. Nancy Rosen, special community service project chairwoman, encouraged the members to help the residents at Davis Life Care Play Bingo.


For Show and Tell, Sue Womack showed a quilt that will be given away at the Home and Garden Show in February. She also discussed an activity which children can participate at the upcoming Home and Garden Show.


Upcoming events that members can look forward to attending include Community Service Cookie Distribution after the board meeting at the Extension Office on Feb. 6, Home and Garden Show at the Convention Center on February 9-10, Arkansas Extension Homemakers Officer Training at the 4-H Center in Ferndale, and the Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Spring Council at the Jefferson County Extension Office on May 1.


Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County Family and Consumer Sciences agent, was a special guest at the meeting. After the meeting, the group adjourned to the Audubon Cafe for lunch and fellowship.


The University of Arkansass System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without discrimination.