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Severe Weather Week Kicks Off in NY

Written By: Kellie Meyer

Severe Weather Week in New York State is April 27-May 3.

Severe Weather Week Kicks Off in NY

April 28, 2014

SOUTHERN TIER (WENY) --  It is the start of severe weather awareness week in New York State. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that this years annual national observance will run from April 27 through May 3.
     Cuomo stressed that New Yorkers should prepare now to take appropriate steps before a severe weather event. 
     There are four basic steps to preparedness:
     1. Make a Plan: Develop a plan for you and your family at home, school, work and outdoors. Identify a safe place to take shelter and know what actions to take when a warning is issued. 
     2. Prepare a Kit: Emergency supplies should last 7-10 days and at least include flashlights, a weather radio, and extra batteries. A weather radio is one of the best ways to be aware of dangerous weather - it will receive broadcasts directly from the National Weather Service. Make sure you have a kit for your home and your car. Plan for any medical needs (e.g., medicine) that your family may have, and make sure you keep and maintain emergency supplies for any family pets
     3. Be Informed: Stay tuned to TV and radio stations that broadcast Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages, and follow local emergency orders when issued. You can also receive emergency information via your computer or cell phone by subscribing to NY Alert at http://www.nyalert.gov/, a free service that provides you with critical emergency information when you need it most.
     4. Get Involved: Consider a visit to your local emergency management office to learn more about how to protect you and your family. Consider volunteering with organizations such as the American Red Cross, New York Cares, or the Salvation Army. To learn about disaster preparedness volunteer opportunities, visit the Citizen Corps website.