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Cuyahoga County Emergency Management Announces Severe Weather Awareness Week

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Media contacts:
Christopher Harris: (216) 443-7157 or cbharris@cuyahogacounty.us 
Rich Luchette: (216) 698-5637, (216) 797-0931, or rluchette@cuyahogacounty.us

CLEVELAND – In recognition of National Severe Weather Awareness week, which runs this year from March 2-8, the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management is urging residents to take a moment and review their plans for coping with destructive weather.

Severe weather in Ohio typically means big storms and heavy snow or rain. While we can’t change the weather, we can become better prepared.

  • Stay informed. Pay attention to weather alerts and educate everyone on the impact that severe weather can have. Take weather warnings seriously and adjust your activities if severe weather is expected.
  • Make a plan. Planning in advance will help everyone be ready to take the right steps if a disaster strikes. Create plans for home and work. Plans should include detailed instructions on how family members can reach each other if severe weather occurs, as well as things to take and where to go if an evacuation is necessary. Discuss the plans and make sure that everyone knows what their role is. 
  • Build a disaster supply kit. Kits should include at least three day’s worth of food, water, and other supplies. These items can make a big difference in the comfort and care of survivors in the event of a severe weather disaster.
  • Get involved. Volunteer by support disaster efforts within your community before disaster strikes.

The best way to receive severe weather watches and warnings is with a tone alert NOAA Weather Radio. A weather radio will provide severe weather information direct from the local National Weather Service office.

For additional preparedness information and to help you prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters, visit our ready Cuyahoga website at The Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management’s mission is to protect lives, property, the environment, and the economy.

For additional information about the Office of Emergency Management, contact us at 216-443-5700 or visit our website at http://ja.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/emergency-management.aspx