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Weather Safety Spring

Spring Severe Weather
Preparedness Week

Springtime in NC brings storms. Now is the time to get ready for potential severe weather.

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Weather Safety Spring

Spring Severe Weather
Preparedness Week

Springtime in NC brings storms. Now is the time to get ready for potential severe weather.

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Guide to Preparing
for Emergencies

This PDF file is a complete handbook to help prepare for an Emergency. This handbook organizes many of the factsheets found on this website in a handbook for easy use.

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Ready NC

Ready NC is the North Carolina Emergency Management's website to help you prevent, prepare, respond and recover from disasters.  

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Tornados in North
Carolina

The tornado season is March through August in North Carolina, although tornadoes can occur at any time of year.   Although North Carolina has fewer tornadoes than the Midwest, we still face an average of 31 tornadoes a year. On March 28, 1984, tornadoes took the lives of 42 North Carolinians, and injured 801. On November 28, 1988, a single deadly tornado killed four and injured 154, leaving 982 homeless. This storm stayed on the ground for 83 miles on a path from Raleigh to Northampton County. More recently in 2011, during the three-day period from April 14-16, more than 177 tornadoes erupted across the country. Thirty of those were confirmed in North Carolina, and left 22 dead in their wake. Knowing what to do during a tornado may mean the difference between life and death. If you hear a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately. Stay away from windows. • In office buildings: Go to an interior hallway on a lower floor, preferably in the basement, or designated shelter area. • In factories: Go to the section of the plant offering the greatest protection. Someone should be responsible for disconnecting fuel lines and electric circuits. Keep a lookout posted. • In homes: Get to the lowest level of your home in an interior room as far away from exterior walls and windows as possible. If you have no basement, choose an inside wall away from windows and sit flat against it. Central halls, bathrooms, and closets are good choices. Get under heavy furniture, if possible, to protect yourself from flying glass and debris. Then, stay away from windows. Keep tuned to a battery-powered radio for latest weather information. • In mobile homes: Go to the nearest community shelter or other sturdy building. Mobile homes are especially dangerous during high winds and may be overturned. If you cannot get to a shelter or sturdy building, lie flat in the nearest ditch, ravine, or culvert, and cover your head with your hands. • In schools: Go to an interior hallway on the lowest floor. Avoid gymnasiums and buildings with large, free-span roofs. • In shopping centers: Go to a designated shelter area, or lie flat outside in a ditch or a low protected ground. Do not stay in your car. A tornado can pick it up and toss it. • In a car: If you are in the open country, lay flat in the nearest ditch, ravine or culvert, but not where you could be trapped by floodwaters. Do not take shelter under a bridge or overpass. Do not go outside to look for the tornado. Go to a below-ground location, if possible. If not, stay on the lowest level of your house. A storm cellar, root cellar, center laundry room, bathroom with no exterior walls or a center hallway in your house are possible choices. Stay away from windows. Do not run out into the street or turn into the path of the tornado. Protect yourself against the “sandblasting” effect of flying glass and bits of sharp metal. Cover yourself with an old rug and crouch under heavy furniture. Know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. Tornado Watch A tornado watch indicates that weather conditions may cause tornadoes to develop in your area. A watch does not mean that a tornado has been sighted. The watch may last up to 8 hours. You should be prepared for a possible tornado. You don’t need to move to a shelter, but keep a radio or TV, be alert for threatening weather conditions and have a safe shelter prepared and accessible. Tornado Warning Local weather bureau offices issue tornado warnings when a tornado funnel has actually been sighted or indicated by Doppler radar. The warning covers a short period of time and specific small areas. The warning will indicate where the tornado was detected and the area through which it is expected to move. If you are in the expected path of the storm, take shelter immediately. Knowing what to do during a tornado may mean the difference between life and death. If you hear a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately.

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Extension Disaster Education Network

The Extension
Disaster Education Network (EDEN)

The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) links Extension educators from across the U.S. and various disciplines, enabling them to use and share resources to reduce the impact of disasters.

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Weather Wednesday – Spring Outlook

NOAA’s Climate Center has issued its 2015 Spring Outlook covering flood potential, precipitation, temperature and drought through the April-June period. The flood outlook is for mid-March to Mid-May. According to the outlook, the …

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Spring 2015 EDEN Newsletter

In This Issue From the Chair America’s PrepareAthon! Webinars and Events Featured Resources 2015 EDEN Annual Meeting Call for Proposals Deadline April 10   From the Chair Greetings, March 2-4, the EDEN Executive …

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Meet a Delegate Monday: Pete Barcinas

Michelle Bufkin, AU Agriculture Communications Student/EDEN Community of Practice Social Media Assistant, recently interviewed EDEN delegate Pete Barcinas from Guam.  1. How did you first get involved with EDEN? Our involvement with EDEN …

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Weather Wednesday – Flood Awareness Week

This week has been designated Flood Awareness Week by the National Weather Service. Each year flooding is responsible for the deaths of dozens of people in the United States and thousands worldwide. 2014 …

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Weather Wednesday – Lightning

This is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in several states. Others may have just observed the week and still others may be doing so soon. Over the next several posts, we’ll cover several topics …

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Statewide Tornado Drill March 4, 2015 9:30 am

Statewide Tornado Drill popular

North Carolina’s annual statewide tornado drill for 2015 will take place today, Wednesday, March 4, at 9:30 AM.  Every school, business, work place, and family across the state is strongly encouraged to participate MORE »

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What’s the difference: Watches vs. Warnings popular

Do you know the difference between a watch and a warning?  The National Weather Service (NWS) issues watches and warnings when severe weather threatens. These alerts allow people to prepare and take the MORE »

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Severe Weather Preparedness Week popular

Spring is just around the corner, and it is time to start thinking about how to stay safe during severe weather. March 1-7 is designated as North Carolina Severe Weather Preparedness Week and MORE »

Southeast ShakeOut – October 16, 2014

While large earthquakes in North Carolina are rare, it is still important for you to know how to react in the event of an earthquake.  You could be anywhere when an earthquake strikes.  MORE »

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Are You Prepared for a Disaster?

September has been National Preparedness Month, but just because September is coming to an end, doesn’t mean that you are off the hook.  Preparedness should be a year round priority at home, work, MORE »

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Stay Safe in the Wake of Arthur

As hurricane Arthur is making its way out of North Carolina, make sure that you and your family stays safe in the wake of the storm.  Avoid flooded areas until the waters recede.  MORE »

Now is the Time to Prepare for Arthur

Tropical Storm Arthur, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, formed this morning off of the Florida coast.  The storm is predicted to move toward North Carolina over the next 48 MORE »

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