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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BLACKSBURG VA
800 AM EST FRI MAR 7 2015

Severe Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina is March 1-7, 2015
Today's Topic:  Make a plan and encourage others to do the same

The first step in making sure that you and your family are prepared 
for severe weather is pledging to prepare.  This includes developing 
a family emergency and communications plan.  In short...know what to 
do before severe weather strikes by creating an emergency plan today.

Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes, so it is 
important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how 
you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and 
what you will do in different situations. 

The web site ReadyNC.org has made it simple for you to make a family 
emergency plan. You can download The Family Emergency Plan and fill 
out the sections before printing it or emailing it to your family 
and friends.

You should also inquire about emergency plans at places where your 
family spends time: work...daycare and school...faith 
organizations...sports events and commuting. If no plans 
exist...consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to community 
leaders...your colleagues...neighbors and members of faith or civic 
organizations about how you can work together in the event of an 
emergency. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family 
and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead and 
communicate with others in advance. 

Planning for severe weather also includes:

1.  Ensure that you and your family members know about your 
surroundings and Severe weather risks specific to your area. 

2.  Have an emergency plan in place...and know what to do before 
severe weather strikes.  Visit readync.org for more on family 
preparedness and to download a copy of the Family Emergency Plan.  

3.   Stay informed by having multiple sources for weather alerts.

4.   Exercise the plan with your family and post it in your home 
where visitors can see it.

5.   As part of tailoring your plans...consider working with others to create
networks of neighbors...relatives...friends and co-workers who will 
assist each other in an emergency. Discuss your needs and 
responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other 
with communication...care of children...pets...specific needs like 
the operation of durable medical equipment or how we can inform 
someone with a hearing loss about impending severe weather.

6.    Identify an appropriate shelter in your home...neighborhood 
and community ahead of time.  Share this with your neighbors.

7.    Learn how to strengthen your home and business against severe 
weather. Pass this on at a community gathering...local service 
organizations or faith-based meeting.

8.    Find out from local government emergency management how you 
will be notified for each kind of disaster...and sign up for 
additional alerts through social media and local news.  Understand 
these local warning systems and signals...and share your knowledge 
with your coworkers and friends. Email these resources to your 
friends...or post them to your social media account.

History teaches that a lack of awareness and preparation are common 
threads among all major weather disasters. Knowing your 
vulnerability and what actions you should take can save your life 
and others.  During this preparedness week...we ask you to be a 
force of nature - Know your risk...take action and be an example by 
sharing what you have done to prepare...with your friends... 
family...neighbors...and co-workers...and encourage them to do the 
same.  

Be sure to take some time this week to learn more about severe 
weather safety. Learning and practicing severe weather safety when 
the weather is good will allow you to react more quickly when the 
weather turns bad.   You can learn more about severe weather safety 
by visiting the North Carolina Department of Public Safety 
preparedness website at readync.org.  This web page features an 
abundance of Information...and links to a free cell phone app...that 
will help you plan and prepare for the severe weather season.  

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