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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC
738 AM EST SAT MAR 7 2015

***SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN NORTH CAROLINA IS MARCH
1-7, 2015***

TODAY`S TOPIC:  MAKE A PLAN AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DO THE SAME.

THE FIRST STEP IN MAKING SURE THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE PREPARED
FOR SEVERE WEATHER IS PLEDGING TO PREPARE.  THIS INCLUDES DEVELOPING
A FAMILY EMERGENCY AND COMMUNICATIONS PLAN.  IN SHORT, KNOW WHAT TO
DO BEFORE SEVERE WEATHER STRIKES BY CREATING AN EMERGENCY PLAN
TODAY.

YOUR FAMILY MAY NOT BE TOGETHER WHEN A DISASTER STRIKES, SO IT IS
IMPORTANT TO PLAN IN ADVANCE: HOW YOU WILL GET TO A SAFE PLACE; HOW
YOU WILL CONTACT ONE ANOTHER; HOW YOU WILL GET BACK TOGETHER; AND
WHAT YOU WILL DO IN DIFFERENT SITUATIONS.

THE WEB SITE READYNC.ORG HAS MADE IT SIMPLE FOR YOU TO MAKE A FAMILY
EMERGENCY PLAN. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE FAMILY EMERGENCY PLAN AND FILL
OUT THE SECTIONS BEFORE PRINTING IT OR EMAILING IT TO YOUR FAMILY
AND FRIENDS.

YOU SHOULD ALSO INQUIRE ABOUT EMERGENCY PLANS AT PLACES WHERE YOUR
FAMILY SPENDS TIME: WORK, DAYCARE AND SCHOOL, FAITH ORGANIZATIONS,
SPORTS EVENTS AND COMMUTING.  IF NO PLANS EXIST, CONSIDER
VOLUNTEERING TO HELP CREATE ONE.  TALK TO COMMUNITY LEADERS, YOUR
COLLEAGUES, NEIGHBORS AND MEMBERS OF FAITH OR CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS
ABOUT HOW YOU CAN WORK TOGETHER IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY.  YOU
WILL BE BETTER PREPARED TO SAFELY REUNITE YOUR FAMILY AND LOVED ONES
DURING AN EMERGENCY IF YOU THINK AHEAD AND COMMUNICATE WITH OTHERS
IN ADVANCE.

PLANNING FOR SEVERE WEATHER ALSO INCLUDES:
* ENSURE THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS KNOW ABOUT YOUR
  SURROUNDINGS AND SEVERE WEATHER RISKS SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA.
* HAVE AN EMERGENCY PLAN IN PLACE, AND KNOW WHAT TO DO BEFORE SEVERE
  WEATHER STRIKES. VISIT READYNC.ORG FOR MORE ON FAMILY PREPAREDNESS
  AND TO DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE FAMILY EMERGENCY PLAN.
* STAY INFORMED BY HAVING MULTIPLE SOURCES FOR WEATHER ALERTS.
* EXERCISE THE PLAN WITH YOUR FAMILY AND POST IT IN YOUR HOME WHERE
  VISITORS CAN SEE IT.
* 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, SPECIFIC NEEDS
  LIKE THE OPERATION OF DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT OR HOW WE CAN
  INFORM SOMEONE WITH A HEARING LOSS ABOUT IMPENDING SEVERE WEATHER.
* IDENTIFY AN APPROPRIATE SHELTER IN YOUR HOME, NEIGHBORHOOD AND
  COMMUNITY AHEAD OF TIME.  SHARE THIS WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS.
* LEARN HOW TO STRENGTHEN YOUR HOME AND BUSINESS AGAINST SEVERE
  WEATHER. PASS THIS ON AT A COMMUNITY GATHERING, LOCAL SERVICE
  ORGANIZATIONS OR FAITH-BASED MEETING.
* FIND OUT FROM LOCAL GOVERNMENT EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HOW YOU WILL
  BE NOTIFIED FOR EACH KIND OF DISASTER, AND SIGN UP FOR ADDITIONAL
  ALERTS THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA AND LOCAL NEWS. UNDERSTAND THESE LOCAL
  WARNING SYSTEMS AND SIGNALS, AND SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE WITH YOUR
  COWORKERS AND FRIENDS.  EMAIL THESE RESOURCES TO YOUR FRIENDS, OR
  POST THEM TO YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT.

HISTORY TEACHES THAT A LACK OF AWARENESS AND PREPARATION ARE COMMON
THREADS AMONG ALL MAJOR WEATHER DISASTERS.  KNOWING YOUR
VULNERABILITY AND WHAT ACTIONS YOU SHOULD TAKE CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE
AND OTHERS.  DURING THIS PREPAREDNESS WEEK, WE ASK YOU TO BE A FORCE
OF NATURE - KNOW YOUR RISK, TAKE ACTION AND BE AN EXAMPLE BY SHARING
WHAT YOU HAVE DONE TO PREPARE, WITH YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, NEIGHBORS,
AND CO-WORKERS, AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO DO THE SAME.

YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY BY VISITING THE NORTH
CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY PREPAREDNESS WEBSITE AT
READYNC.ORG.  THIS WEB PAGE FEATURES AN ABUNDANCE OF INFORMATION, AND
LINKS TO A FREE CELL PHONE APP, THAT WILL HELP YOU PLAN AND PREPARE
FOR THE SEVERE WEATHER SEASON.  ONCE AGAIN, THAT`S READYNC.ORG.

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