Insight from WFPD: Southern storms prompt reminders about weather
Severe weather in the southeastern United States last week resulted in storm related deaths unprecedented in recent history. Many were shocked as to how this could have happened with today's capabilities to provide precision weather forecasting. Awareness and preplanning are critical to an outcome of any incident. Being aware of severe weather, identifying adequate shelters and having done preplanning can make the difference in your survival.
Modern technologies involving weather forecasting and storm tracking have allowed officials to provide extremely accurate predictions as to where threatening weather will occur. Warning systems including outdoor warning sirens, broadcast interruption services like the emergency alert system and other electronic notification systems are used to warn those in the most danger. Your personnel preparedness is the final element to ensure your safety when severe weather approaches.
Being aware of approaching weather should always be a part of your daily planning. Start your day with a review of the weather. Periodically tune into local media outlets providing updated weather forecasts to stay aware of changing conditions. Subscribe to weather applications for your electronic devices and to the CODE RED Weather Warning system found at http://www.westfargopolice.com/. You may also call the West Fargo Police Department at 701-433-5500 to subscribe to CODE RED.
Preplanning your response to a notification of impending severe weather can save your life. It is important to determine safe areas to seek shelter both at home and at the office. The web site of WWW.FEMA.Gov provides information on shelter construction and identifying areas that provide the most protection.
Knowing what to do after a storm has struck can save your life, protect your property and aid in the recovery of your community. Be aware of the potential hazards in your immediate area. Know where your utilities are located and how to make them safe. Put together a survival kit that will support you and your family for up to three days. For a listing of necessary items view the FEMA web site or go to the American Red Cross at http://www.redcross.org/.
An unfortunate aftermath of any major incident is the people who prey on the victims or those looking to help. Criminals quickly set up bogus relief programs soliciting funds from those wishing to help disaster victims. Take time to verify solicitations to make sure the money or items donated will reach the intended recipients. The North Dakota Attorney General's Office can provide information on an organization soliciting assistance. They can be reached at 1-800-472-2600 or on the web at http://www.ag.nd.gov.
Be aware and be prepared.