March is Severe Weather Preparedness Month
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[March 14, 2020]
When most people think about dangerous spring
weather, tornadoes, thunderstorms and flooding usually come to mind.
In Illinois, roughly 20 percent of tornadoes occur at night.
For a number of reasons, tornadoes that occur at
night are twice as likely to result in fatalities. This is why the
Illinois Emergency Management Agency and National Weather Service is
underscoring the importance of having more than one way to receive
emergency alerts and notifications during Severe Weather
“Building a culture of preparedness is how we increase disaster
readiness in our everyday lives,” said Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau.
“Mother Nature does not discriminate when it comes to severe
weather. Severe Weather Preparedness Month serves as an opportunity
to remind the public to identify the hazards that exist in their
community and put plans in place to protect your family for what may
The National Weather Service and state and local emergency
management officials strongly encourage people to have a National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) All Hazards Weather
Radio with battery backup. These radios can be programmed to receive
alerts for specified counties to keep you and your family apprised
of impending weather and post-event information for all types of
hazards including natural (earthquakes), environmental (chemical
spills) and public safety hazards (AMBER alerts). When an alert is
issued for the programmed area, the device will sound a warning
alarm tone followed by the essential information.
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In this day and age of families constantly on the go, it is also
critical for people to have multiple ways to receive notifications and updated
information about severe weather warnings. FEMA offers a FREE mobile app that
provides fast and reliable weather alerts from the National Weather Service
(NWS). The app can be tailored to offer alerts for up to five different
locations nationwide. The mobile app can also help you locate open shelters and
disaster resource centers near you in the event of an emergency.
In addition to NOAA weather radios, Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) can provide
life saving information about impending storms and emergencies. These alerts can
be sent to your mobile device without the need to download an app or subscribe
to a service. Not only are critical tools to surviving overnight storms, but
they can be extremely beneficial for those who travel.
The National Weather Service will be recognizing Severe Weather Preparedness
Week during the week of March 1-7 and Flood Safety Awareness Week during March
9-13. For more information about what to do before, during and after a storm,
please visit www.Ready.Illinois.gov. There you will find a Severe Weather
Preparedness Guide, developed by IEMA and NWS, which provides tips on how to
prepare for all weather emergencies.
[ Illinois Office of Communication