DATE: February 18, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Richard Allen
Broward County Emergency Management Division
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - Florida will observe Severe Weather Awareness Week, February 24-28, and the Broward County Emergency Management Division reminds all residents that severe weather can happen at any time. All residents need to be prepared for extreme weather year-round.
Broward County Emergency Management encourages residents to take advantage of this opportunity to increase their knowledge of potential weather hazards. Each day of the week, educational messages will focus on a different type of severe weather hazard, including lightning, marine hazards and rip currents, tornadoes and thunderstorms, hurricanes and flooding, and temperature extremes and wildfires. The Broward County website, Broward.org, will 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 County Emergency Management Division's website at Broward.org/Emergency and click COMMUNITY, or receive emergency notices and updates by following us on Twitter.com/ReadyBroward and become a fan on Facebook. Information is also available on the Florida Division of Emergency Management website, floridadisaster.org/swaw.
Chuck Lanza, director of Broward County Emergency Management Division, said, "Severe Weather Awareness Week is a great 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 family as well as individual 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."
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, April 12, at the Broward County Emergency Operations Center, 201 N.W. 84th Avenue, Plantation. Early registration is encouraged as class size is limited to 60. To register, email email@example.com.