The Elizabethton/Carter County Emergency Management Agency is urging local residents to develop and practice emergency action plans as part of nationwide Severe Weather Awareness Week from Feb. 18 to Feb. 22.
In a news release, ECCEMA Director Andrew Worley said in 2011 there were more than 8,000 weather-related fatalities and 1,000 injuries, many of which may have been prevented by implementing personal protective measures.
Worley said the weeklong event is intended to raise awareness in communities and prompt local residents and organizations to hold preparedness drills for emergency that my impact the community.
The ECCEMA recommends following these steps to develop effective plans:
- Know Your Risk: The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and sign up for localized alerts from emergency management officials.
- Take Action: Set an example by taking the pledge to prepare at Ready.gov/severe-weather. When you pledge to prepare, you will take the first step to making sure that you and your family are prepared for severe weather. This includes developing a family communication plan, putting an emergency kit together, keeping important papers and valuables in a safe place, and getting involved.
- Be an Example: Once you have taken action and pledged, share your story with your family and friends. Create a YouTube video, post your story on Facebook, comment on a blog, or send a tweet.
For more information visit www.ECCEMA.org or follow Elizabethton/Carter County
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