Posted by: Beth Freeman, Administrator, FEMA Region VII
As plans take shape for enjoying the weekend ahead, I want to provide an update on the possibility of severe weather impacting our area today, Saturday afternoon and into the early morning hours of Sunday. FEMA is closely monitoring weather conditions that are likely to produce a strong storm system that is predicted to impact the plains and several Midwestern states.
We can’t always anticipate when or where a disaster might strike. This severe weather threat should serve as a reminder to everyone to have a plan for what you and your family will do if there is a disaster, and prepare an emergency supply kit for your home and car to help prepare for power outages or impassable roads.
Growing up in Iowa, we were familiar with severe weather and our family would shelter in the basement under the stairs during tornado alerts. Warning systems and technology are much more accurate today. I want to urge everyone in the region to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio and their local news for updates, and follow the directions provided by their local officials.
Did you know that most NOAA Weather Radios can be programmed to provide warnings and information for specific areas, usually by county? With a bit of time invested in programming your radio, you won’t have to be bothered at all hours with pesky announcements that are not pertinent to your area. If you have questions about how to prepare your family for an emergency, please visit http://www.ready.gov/.