Emergency Services Blog: It's National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Be a Force of Nature
By Shaunda Rauch on March 06, 2013 from Emergency Services Blog
2. 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. Every state in the United States has experienced tornadoes and severe weather, so everyone is exposed to some degree of risk. The Bridgeport Department of Emergency Services has undertaken the Threat & Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process. Throughout the THIRA process we have identified, ranked and built worst case scenarios for each hazard. As we prepare our responders to deal with a broad range of hazards, we encourage all residents to be aware of and prepare for the following natural/weather-related events: drought, extreme heat/cold, earthquake, flood, landslides, severe wind/tornado, winter storms, severe thunderstorms, and lightning.
3. Check the weather forecast regularly and visit ready.gov/severe-weather to learn more about how to be better prepared and how you can protect your family during emergencies.
4. Pledge and Take Action: Be Force of Nature 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 filling out your family communications plan that you can email to yourself, putting an emergency kit together, keeping important papers and valuables in a safe place, and getting involved.
5. Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and check to see if your cell phone is equipped to receive Wireless Emergency Alerts and sign up for localized alerts from emergency management officials. Stay informed by having multiple sources for weather alerts - NOAA Weather Radio,Weather.gov, and Wireless Emergency Alerts. Subscribe to receive alerts at www.weather.gov/subscribe.
6. Be an Example: Once you have taken action and pledged to “Be a Force of Nature,” share your story with your family and friends. Create a video and post on a video sharing site; post your story on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, comment on a blog, or share through any other social media site. Technology today makes it easier than ever to be a good example and share the steps you took to help us achieve the vision of a Weather-Ready Nation.
Join us today and pledge to prepare for the severe weather in our area. Information on the different types of severe weather such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flooding is available at www.weather.gov and ready.gov/severe-weather or the Spanish-language
web site www.listo.gov.
Bridgeport Emergency Services Department