Asheville Fire and Rescue would like to inform the Asheville area that the first week in March has been named Severe Weather Awareness Week. This week is dedicated to educating individuals to be aware of what to do in case of a storm.
The National Weather Service issued 784 thunderstorm and high wind warnings and watches during 2008 in North Carolina. They issued 106 flash flood warnings and confirmed at least 50 tornadoes; causing more than $20 million in damages.
The most important thing individuals can do during severe weather is to be aware of it. Knowing the moment an alert is issued can give provide critical minutes to get to safety. Weather radios are an effective way to know when there is an alert. Because severe weather could result in a multitude of emergency situations, citizens should pack and plan to be prepared. This means to be ready before the emergency occurs and to have your emergency preparedness kit and plan in place. A three day supply of food and water is recommended along with batteries, warm clothes and blankets, personal items, medicine, important documents and a first aid kit. Please remember to keep elderly, children and pets in mind.
For further information, please contact Asheville Fire and Rescue or visit the website at www.ashevillenc.gov/fire. Other informational websites include: www.ready.gov, www.redcross.org, or www.readync.org.