The 2018 North Carolina Severe Weather Preparedness Week runs from Sunday March 4 through Saturday March 10, 2018. With the peak of North Carolina’s severe weather season right around the corner, NOW is the time to prepare! There are a lot of great resources that you can use to prepare for the severe weather season. Please take a moment to visit the NWS Raleigh Severe Weather Preparedness Week web site at https://www.weather.gov/rah/2018ncswpw where you’ll find links to daily severe weather topics and useful severe weather preparedness tips and information.
The Statewide Tornado Drill, will occur on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 9:30 AM. While we do not participate as a whole in the drill, I encourage you to take this time to review your department’s severe weather preparedness (see Emergency Action Plan in your Risk Control Manual) and ensure all personnel are familiar with it. In which events do you shelter in place and where do you shelter in place, in which events do you evacuate and where is your designated meeting place and how does your department account for personnel during and after an event?
Also, know the difference between a severe weather watch and a severe weather warning- a WATCH means potential exists and conditions are favorable for severe weather while a WARNING means take action now, the threat is occurring or headed your way.
Many of you may remember we had a tornado touch down in Oxford in February last year with the warning coming just before close of business. Severe weather or disaster can strike at any time. Are you prepared? Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Remember to plan for your pets as well. https://readync.org/EN/Plan.html
Get Weather Ready: During a Tornado
If your area is under a tornado warning, would you know what to do to stay safe? You may only have a few minutes to get to safety. Check out this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5TiTfuvotc#action=share
“Your tomorrow may depend on today’s preparedness”
Robin H. Edwards
Granville County, NC