As National Severe Weather Preparedness Week comes to a close, the focus today is on "being an example." Everyone can be a role model when it comes to severe weather safety.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's web site cites the weather incident of May 22, 2011 in Joplin, Missouri. "Tornado warnings had been issued. Sirens had sounded. But not everyone responded to the warnings. Why? NOAA researchers discovered that many people did not act after they heard the tornado warning but waited for confirmation from another source, including friends. After such confirmation they were more likely to seek shelter."
Studies have shown that people are more likely to take action if they see family members or friends preparing for a storm. You can be that role model when it comes to severe weather preparedness. Use your Facebook page or Twitter account or other means to share your preparedness story. Help get the word out about the need to plan and practice how and where to shelter before severe weather strikes. You may not only inspire someone to make a plan and build a kit, but you may save lives as well.
For more information on disaster preparedness and emergency management programs, please visit the City Emergency Management Agency home page found elsewhere on this web site.
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