Don’t forget to check your smoke detectors when you set your clocks ahead.  
If battery operated replace the battery EVEN IF it has not lost power.  The smoke detector is the only warning many people receive and this is not the place to cut costs. 
If your unit is part of a home security system set up a test with your monitoring center.  

Spring is unpredictable; one day it’s 65 the next it’s snowing.  These unpredictable weather patterns mean unstable conditions leading to severe thunderstorms and tornados.  Knowing what to look for and what to do before a weather emergency strikes. 

Strong rotation in the clouds and hail are warning signs of a tornado; you may also see a low “wall cloud” or green skies prior to a tornado.  
     
When tornadoes are possible in your area, there are two key alerts to look for:

A tornado watch is broadcast when conditions are conducive to the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area.

Tornado warnings are issued when a tornado has actually been sighted by spotters or indicated on radar and is occurring or imminent in the warning area.

Lightning strikes can stretch as long as five miles and reach temperatures of more than 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Though it is often thought of as something that happens infrequently, in fact lightning strikes somewhere on the earth an estimated 100 times every second on average, or roughly 8.6 million times every day.

  •   Lightning can cause power surges. Unplug all appliances before the storm hits.
  •   Avoid using the phone. Telephone lines can conduct electricity.
  •   Metal pipes also conduct electricity. Stay away from faucets, sinks, and bathtubs.
  •   Close the blinds and shades of your window; then keep away from them.
  •   Keep pets on a leash or in a carrier.

There are times when storms come up suddenly.
If you are away from home, protect yourself and your family by taking cover in the best shelter you can find.

If you are in or near the water, go to land immediately and find shelter.
If choosing between a building or a car, choose the building.
If choosing between a hard-top and a convertible, choose the hard-top.
If you're in a car, keep the windows closed.
If there is no shelter, find a low-lying, open place that is a safe distance from trees, poles, or metal objects that can conduct electricity. Make sure it is not likely to flood.
Assume a tucked position: Squat low to the ground. Place your hands on your knees with your head tucked between them. Try to touch as little of your body to the ground as possible.
Do not lie flat on the ground, as your fully-extended body will provide a larger surface to conduct electricity. Stay in a tuck position well after the storm passes.
Watch for local flooding you may have to move if water begins to accumulate.
If you feel your hair stand on end in a storm, drop into the tuck position immediately. This sensation means electric charges are already rushing up your body from the ground toward an electrically charged cloud. Minimize your contact with the ground to minimize your injury.

Be prepared for weather before it happens. 
Know where you will go in the event of a tornado, interior rooms and basements away from windows are the safest locations.
Set up a meeting location in case your family is separated.

If you live in a homeowners association make sure you provide the names and phone numbers of everyone living within your unit to the managing agent.  Many times they are contacted by local authorities during search operations.

If you have a cell phone, program emergency contact person(s) as "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you’ve listed them as emergency contacts.
Teach family members how to use text messaging (also known as SMS or Short Message Service). Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.