March 1-7, 2015 – Severe Weather Awareness Week
Spring marks the time of year when severe storms increase in frequency bringing devastating hazardous weather such as tornadoes, lightning, large hail, damaging winds, and flash floods to the Texas Panhandle. This is also a time when outdoor activities increase, placing residents at an even greater risk.
Weather in the form of severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, or flash floods can strike very quickly. Once a tornado approaches or flash flooding develops, it is too late to start working on a preparedness plan! When severe weather develops and warnings are issued, you must take immediate action to protect yourself.
Take time now to be prepared for severe weather. A few simple steps, such as having a disaster supply kit, obtaining a NOAA Weather Radio, and creating a Family Emergency dPlan could save your life.
Visit the Weather-Ready Nation website for more information on severe weather preparedness.
Water is an essential element to survival and a necessary item in an emergency supply kit. During the month of February, take action to store three days worth of water for your household.
FEMA’s “Do 1 Thing” offers the following list of ways to achieve this goal:
- Purchase and store a 72-hour supply of commercially bottled water;
- Bottle a 72-hour supply of water at home; or
- Learn how to provide a safe supply of drinking water for your household in a disaster.
By completing one of these actions, you’ll be better prepared for the unexpected.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently issued the U.S. Winter Outlook that indicates a cooler and wetter winter across the southern U.S. due to the potential formation of the El Niño phenomenon in the Tropical Pacific. While this is simply an indication of what winter may hold, it serves as a reminder of the importance of preparing in advance for winter weather impacts.
The Amarillo/Potter/Randall Office of Emergency Management has prepared a series of winter weather preparedness bulletins to outline actions that should be taken before, during, and after winter storms and extreme cold impact our community.