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Submitted by Tim Buckley on Fri, 03/08/2013 - 8:57am.
Spring-time brings warmth, flowers, and frees us from the grip of winter - but it often brings tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and flash floods too. Yes, it is the peak season for severe weather not just in North Carolina but in much of the country, and it's a key time to revisit your plans in case emergency hits home.
This week of March 3rd through March 9th is Severe Weather Awareness Week in North Carolina. The National Weather Service does a great job reminding what needs to be done to be ready for whatever Mother Nature throws our way. Here are some of the key points:
Know Your Risk:
We face a wide variety of severe weather in the Carolinas! Here are some key stats:
Have a Plan:
Some severe weather will strike with only a moment's notice, and it's vital that you have a plan in place BEFORE it hits so that your family knows what to do
The safest room in your home may be something you wouldn't expect, like a bathroom! Keep in mind you want to put as many barriers between yourself and the elements as possible.
Build a Kit:
When severe weather strikes, you may need to make it on your own for a while without the aid of utilities. We see this so commonly with hurricanes. An emergency kit can be a life-saver if you're put in this situation unexpectedly.
Please take 5 minutes and head to this site to build you own kit that will suit your family: www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit
Stay Alert with a NOAA Weather Radio:
In a perfect world, people would see weather radios the same way they see smoke detectors. It is a necesary alert system for your home to make sure you know a tornado is headed your way if you are asleep. Simply put, these things wake you up when a storm is in your area!
They're a cheap purchase, typically $20 or less at stores like Wal-Mart or such. Any brand is fine as long as it has the "NOAA Weather Radio" feature on the box.
In today's world though, your smart phone can be transformed into a mobile weather radio. Our StormTrack 3 Weather App will alert you to severe weather warnings where you are, and apps like the iMap Weather Radio has all the features of a weather radio at your finger tips.
For more resources on Severe Weather Awareness Week, please head to this webpage put together by the Wilmington National Weather Service. They do a great job working to keep us safe with great weather information, and largely do so behind the scenes. We appreciate them a lot!
By: Tim Buckley