DATE: February 8, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Richard Allen, Broward County Emergency Management Division
Florida will observe Severe Weather Awareness Week, February 11-15, and the Broward County Emergency Management Division reminds all residents that because severe weather can happen at any time, everyone needs to be prepared all the time.
Broward County encourages residents to increase their knowledge of potential weather hazards, and understand how they can prepare for response to them. Each day of the week, educational messages on the Broward County website, broward.org, will focus on a different type of severe weather hazard:
- Monday - Lightning
- Tuesday - Marine Hazards and Rip Currents
- Wednesday - Tornadoes and Thunderstorms
- Thursday - Hurricane and Flooding
- Friday - Temperature Extremes and Wildfires
The website will also feature videos that share steps individuals and families can take to protect themselves and their homes from severe weather.
To learn more about how to be informed and prepared, visit broward.org/Emergency and click COMMUNITY, or sign up to receive emergency notices and updates by following us on twitter.com/ReadyBroward and become a fan on Facebook. Information is also available on the State of Florida Division of Emergency Management Web site at floridadisaster.org/swaw.
Chuck Lanza, director of Broward County Emergency Management Division, said, "Severe Weather Awareness Week is another opportunity to remind people of the need to be prepared for any eventuality that nature may bring. Preparing for severe weather gives us an opportunity to update our individual and family plans for emergencies. This is also a perfect time to review evacuation plans should the need arise, and create an emergency survival kit, including food, water and medications."
There are other ways residents can participate. Residents wishing to become part of a nationwide volunteer network that reports significant weather can enroll in the SKYWARN Storm Spotters class, hosted by the National Weather Service. The next class will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Sunrise Public Safety Complex, 10440 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. Early registration is encouraged as class size is limited to 60. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents who experience damage to their home as a result of a severe weather event are also encouraged to participate in the Home Damage Assessment Program, an online tool to help emergency responders assess community impacts in the immediate aftermath of an event.