Councilman Mike Elam's Blog

Mar 02

[ARCHIVED] Severe Weather Awareness Week 2018

The original item was published from March 2, 2018 11:22 AM to March 2, 2018 11:24 AM


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All too often in recent years, this community has witnessed how natural disasters, health scares and everyday emergencies can strike quickly and disrupt lives. By recognizing the threats to our well-being, we can take steps to prepare a plan and amass beneficial resources to respond to any type of emergency.

Severe Weather Awareness Week (March 5-9, 2018)

Focusing on the various natural dangers that commonly arise during the spring and summer months, the State of Missouri annually recognizes Severe Weather Awareness Week. This year, the event will run March 5-9, and each day will be devoted to a specific theme:
  • Monday – Families and businesses are encouraged to discuss the most common threats and to develop ways to safely respond to these dangers.
  • Tuesday – A state-wide tornado drill (planned for 10 a.m., on March 6) emphasizes take-cover response plans and ways to be aware for the development of these devastating storms.
  • Wednesday – Focusing on flash-flood safety, activities relate to the mantra “Turn Around. Don’t Drown” as a reminder not to drive through water-covered roadways.
  • Thursday – Severe thunderstorm safety is the fourth day’s focus, recognizing the difference in the terms “Watch” and “Warning.” A WATCH means that conditions are favorable for the event to occur; while a WARNING declares that the event is occurring at that time in the community, and immediate action is required.
  • Friday – The last day covers the benefits of staying informed — especially through the use of a NOAA Weather Radio.

A Three-Step Plan to Protect Your Family, Business
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Though we may not be able to determine precisely when and where the next emergency will occur, a plan of action that follows pre-arranged steps and provides adequate resources can guide you through all types of scenarios. This three-step preparedness plan — being Ready in 3 — can lessen the impact of a disaster and return you to normal activity faster.

  1. Create a Plan – This plan determines how you would react and where you would go in two types of scenarios: evacuation and sheltering-in-place.
  2. Prepare a Kit – Your emergency response kit will provide you, your family, co-workers and pets with materials that can sustain them for up to three days, if outside help is not available. At minimum, a well-stocked emergency kit contains one gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food items, a manual can opener, first aid supplies, a battery powered radio, a battery powered flashlight, extra batteries, a way to communicate with others, necessary medicines, a small amount of cash and any additional comfort or safety items you may need.
  3. Listen for Information – Stay tuned for life-saving or other helpful information from authorities, response agencies and local media. Then, act on this guidance to remain safe during or after the event. For notification, various emergency applications, text alerts, media announcements, a NOAA Weather Radio and other alert systems are designed to provide advanced warning of potential threats and response information.

Volunteer Your Service

 Should any of these events occur, volunteers would play an important role in the response and recovery efforts. Consider joining one of the groups below now to become familiar with various opportunities in our community and improve your skills:

  • For individuals – St. Charles County's Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) assists the needs of the community in a public health emergency, with volunteers putting their knowledge and skills to use in helping in areas such as medical support, logistics, animal care, transportation, communications and others.
  • For organizations and businesses – The St. Charles County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) chapter brings together collaborating agencies to meet unmet needs and supplement response efforts.

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