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Federal Emergency Management Agency
News Release
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

National Severe Weather Preparedness Week
The City of Friendswood
The Fire Marshal's Office and Office of Emergency Management

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered together to raise awareness and save lives with the first-ever National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

Last year during this week, storms raked the central and southern United States, spawning more than 300 tornadoes, claiming hundreds of lives and ranking as one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history. As the nation marks the first anniversary of that historic outbreak, from April 22-28 NOAA is asking each person across the country to "Be a Force of Nature" by knowing the risk, taking action and being an example.

Make a Plan
Know Where to Go

When severe weather strikes, the difference between life and death can be summed up in as little as two words: Be Prepared. Making a plan for what you and your family will do when severe weather strikes is an important step in being prepared and building a Weather-Ready Nation.

While there are basic elements that should be part of any plan, it's important to also tailor your plan to the individual needs of you or your family. This is especially important for the elderly or those with disabilities or special medical or dietary needs. As part of tailoring your
plans, consider working with others to create networks of neighbors, relatives, friends and co-workers who will assist each other in an emergency. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.

For more information, the following links have been included for your use and provide additional information, along with several preparedness documents and kits to assist you with your personal plan.

www.ready.gov/severeweather
www.fema.gov
www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/news/042412_plan.html
www.redcross.org






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