Friday, October 17, 2008

October 19-25 is Winter Weather Awareness Week

Are you ready for dangerous weather this winter? Nearly every winter Clark County has a severe weather event that disrupts power and phone service, blocks roads, and that may cause injuries or even fatalities. Remember that at the beginning of this year a tornado tore through the Felida, Hazel Dell, and Hockinson neighborhoods toppling large trees and damaging dozens of homes. We regularly have damaging windstorms such as the December 12, 1995 Windstorm where, at its peak, most of Clark County was without power.

Now is a great time to get ready. We set our clocks back on November 2nd. That's a good reminder to check your smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, emergency supplies, and disaster plan.

Another great opportunity to improve your knowledge and your readiness for winter weather is Winter Weather Awareness Week, from October 19th through 25th. This is a National Weather Service campaign to teach the public about floods, windstorms, snow storms, and other hazards. Each day they will provide the media with information about hazards, weather warnings, and safety tips that can help protect you and your family. Be on the lookout for this information. If you miss it, you can also find all the information at the National Weather Service's Winter Weather Awareness Week website.

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