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NOAA asks public to "be a force" in severe weather prep

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Posted at 4:45 PM, Mar 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-03 16:45:00-05

WASHINGTON, D. C. (WTXL) -- Though the local region has already experienced severe weather preparedness campaigns this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is taking its focus across America, urging people to learn and know what to do in severe weather situations.

NOAA, in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, launched a nationwide severe weather season awareness effort for the week of March 2.  The initiative, called Be a Force of Nature:  Take the Next Step, instructs individuals on how to know the risks of severe weather in their own cities and towns, how to be prepared for those risks and take action when they materialize, and teaching neighbors on how to also be ready.

NOAA and FEMA are also promoting the availability of Wireless Emergency Alerts sent to cell phones and other mobile devices that inform users of specific severe weather threats in a local area.

Georgia and Florida emergency management agencies held separate awareness efforts in February.  The Storm Team can also help in your severe weather knowledge and awareness efforts; download our Severe Weather Guide to your mobile device today.