Authorities raise awareness for statewide severe weather preparedness week

Area authorities want to make sure residents will be prepared when severe weather hits.

 

In recognition of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, which began Monday and ends Friday, Augusta Fire/EMA will meet with more than 20 individuals for its free eight-week Community Emergency Response Team training program, known as CERT, which educates individuals about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills in regards to fire safety, search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.

A statewide tornado drill and National Weather Routine test is expected for county schools at 9 a.m. on Friday.

“The reason for this week is to educate the public to be ready for extreme weather year round,” Fire Chief Chris James said. “We want them to by ready and stay ready.”

A few basic ideas to help residents get started, or refresh, emergency plans has also been posted to the fire department’s Facebook page.

They include: having a survival kit built and stored in a place where everyone in the home will know how to locate, finding a safe place in your home to meet if a tornado warning occurs, practice a routine with your family several times throughout the year to make sure that everyone knows what to do and how to get to the place quickly, and if possible purchase a weather radio.

“NOAA Radios will provide information from the National Weather Service and, if you lose electricity and if your cell phone is no longer working, your weather radio could be the only thing advising you of the bad weather that is approaching,” Michael Meyers with Augusta/EMA said in a news release. “If nothing else, this should serve our entire community as a reminder that severe weather could have an effect on you and your family. The more prepared you are, the better your chances for a safe outcome.”

How to build a basic disaster supply kit

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water; one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food; at least a three-day supply of non-perishables
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air, and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

 

For more information about disaster preparedness and disaster preparedness kits visit http://www.weather.gov/ffc/2018_swpw or https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit .

 

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