Monday, March 4, 2013

National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

This week (March 3-9, 2013) marks National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. This week aims to bring more awareness to the importance of planning and practicing how and where to take shelter when severe weather strikes your area. Being prepared for imminent weather is so important because it could be a matter of life or death, depending on the severity of the situation.

Not only is it important for your family and loved ones to be prepared for severe weather, but it is also important that your neighbors and friends are prepared as well. We can make sure that happens by spreading the word and inspiring others to make sure they are prepared for all types of weather that could come their way.
Every year people are killed or seriously injured by severe weather (this includes tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and other types of severe weather) even if they get advanced warning. Last year, there were over 450 weather-related deaths and almost 2,600 injuries. By being prepared for severe weather and acting when we are told to evacuate, we can diminish these numbers of tragedies.

FEMA and NOAA are asking families, communities and businesses to be a force of nature and take a pledge to be prepared. You can find the pledge here: Being prepared for severe weather includes developing a family communications plan, putting an emergency kit together, keeping important papers and valuables in a safe place, and getting involved in your community preparedness plans for when severe weather strikes.
Here are a few tips from NOAA on what you can do to be prepared. Remember, this is the most important thing we can do to protect our families and each other when severe weather strikes. And remember, if you ever find yourself in an emergency situation and need help please do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.

·         Make sure you and your family members know about your surroundings and risk for specific weather. Stay informed with weather alerts.

·         Have an emergency plan in place. Practice this plan with your family and post it in a common area where visitors can see it.

·         Consider working with neighbors, friends and co-workers to create a network emergency plan. Discuss needs such as care for children, pets and those who utilize medical equipment and medication.

·         Identify an appropriate shelter in your home and community area.

·         Learn how to strengthen your home against severe weather.

·         Find out from local government how you will be notified of disasters and sign up for alerts if possible.

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