Public Information Statement
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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
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
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.