Greensboro, NC -- The week of March 3rd through March 9th has been declared North Carolina's Severe Weather Awareness week for 2013. The theme for the week is "Be a Force of Nature".
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and FEMA are highlighting the importance of planning and practicing how and where to take shelter before severe weather strikes. Being prepared to act quickly can be the difference between life and death..
NOAA says that being a force of nature goes beyond taking appropriate preparedness action. It's about inspiring others to do the same. They ask that people not only to be prepared, but also encourage their social network to act by texting, tweeting, or posting a Facebook status update.
Each day this week will focus on a different topic relating to severe weather in North Carolina.
- MONDAY: Know Your Risk
- TUESDAY: Develop an Emergency Plan
- WEDNESDAY: Build a Kit (Statewide Tornado Drill - 9:30 AM)
- THURSDAY: Hear the Warning with NOAA Weather Radio - Get the Alert
- FRIDAY: Be an Example - Get Involved
- SATURDAY: North Carolina Severe Weather Threat
A statewide tornado drill will be conducted by the National Weather Service in cooperation with local broadcasters on Wednesday, March 6th and 9:30. This drill will be in the form of a Required Monthly Test on all NOAA weather radios and public alert systems. The alarm test will activate the State Emergency Alert System and be carried by local radio broadcasters as well.
This drill will allow schools, businesses, and residents the opportunity to practice their tornado action and safety plans.
Continue to check in on digtriad.com and watch WFMY News 2 all week long to gain valuable severe weather information. Severe weather season in the Triad is from March-May, but severe weather can occur at any point throughout the entire year.
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