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Severe Weather Awareness: Get Involved

10:04 AM, Mar 8, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- This week, March 3-9, has been declared North Carolina's Severe Weather Awareness week for 2013. So far this week topics have included knowing your risk, developing a severe weather action plan and more. Friday's focus is on being an example and getting involved.

Studies show that individuals need to receive severe weather messages a number of way before taking appropriate action. Many are more likely to act when the messages are received from a trusted source- family, friends, or a community leader. By sharing your preparedness action with your community, you help to create a safer and more weather ready community.

There are many other ways to get involved, especially before a disaster occurs. The whole community can participate can participate in programs and activity to make their families, homes and communities safer from risk and threats. Here are a few ways the National Weather Service says you can help.

  • Volunteer to support disaster efforts in your community. Get trained and volunteer with a Community Emergency Response Team, Medical Reserve Corps unit and/or other Citizen Corps Partner Program or affiliate organization. Many local faith-based and community organizations have programs active in supporting disasters too.
  • Be part of the community planning process. Connect and collaborate with your local emergency planning group, Citizen Corps Conucil or local emergency management agency.
  • Join or start a preparedness project. Find an event or identify local resources, build a team, choose a project, set goals and serve your community by improving the preparedness of your friends, colleges and neighbors.
  • Support Major disasters by donating cash or foods which may help meet the needs of your community in times of disaster.

This represents only a few of the many ways that individuals and community organizations can get involved to help communities lessen, prepare for, respond and recover from natural disasters. For additional opportunities that may be unique to your community, contract your local emergency management agency or Citizen Corps Council in your area.

History teaches that a lack of awareness and preparation are common threads among all major weather threats. Knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take can save your life and others.

Continue to check in on digtriad.com and watch WFMY News 2 for more valuable severe weather information before during and after severe weather threatens. 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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