Have A Plan In Place Before Severe Weather Strikes

6:19 PM, Mar 6, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- March 3-9, has been declared North Carolina's Severe Weather Awareness week for 2013. Tuesday's focus is on developing an emergency plan before severe weather threatens.

The first step to keeping you and your family safe in the face of severe weather is developing a severe weather emergency action plan.

Your family may not be together when 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 National Weather Service recommends the website Ready.gov to help walk you through the steps of creating an emergency plan for your family. Here are a few things available from this site:

     - Family Emergency Plan Worksheet

     - Plan For Locations

     - School and Workplace Plans

     - Things To Consider When Making a Plan

You should 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. Putting all of these pieces of work into motion will help better prepare you and your family to reunite during an emergency.

Here are some other actions the National Weather Service recommends recommends you take when planning for severe weather:

     - Ensure that you and your family members know about your surroundings and risk for specific weather.

     - Have an emergency plan in place, and know what to do before severe weather strikes. Stay informed by having multiple sources for weather alerts.

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

     - As part of tailoring your plans, consider working with others to create networks of neighbors, relative, friends and co-workers who will assist each other in an emergency. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and who 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.

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

     - 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.

     - Find out from local government emergency management how you will be notified for each kind of disaster and sign up for addition alerts through social media. Understand local warning systems and signals and share your knowledge with your coworkers and friends.

FREE SEVERE WEATHER TEXT ALERTS FROM WFMY NEWS 2

Continue to check in on digtriad.com and watch WFMY News 2 all week long to gain valuable severe weather information. Severe weather season in the Triad is from March-May, but severe weather can occur at any point throughout the entire year.

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