NC Severe Weather Preparedness Week: March 5-11, 2017

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The first full week of March 2017 marks severe weather preparedness week in North Carolina. The National Weather Service and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety are teaming up to bring this severe weather safety campaign to all of North Carolina’s residents.

With warmer weather quickly approaching, now is the time to prepare for the severe weather season, which peaks from March through May in the East. If each North Carolina resident would take a few moments to learn about severe weather safety and implement a safety plan, then we would all be better off when severe thunderstorms and tornadoes inevitably strike our state and the likelihood of injury and fatalities caused by severe weather could be minimized. Severe weather and severe weather preparedness takes many forms, so each day a different preparedness topic is highlighted.

Your First Alert Weather Team will highlight a preparedness topic daily based on the week’s topics below, which include:

• Monday: Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes
• Tuesday: Ways to receive severe weather alerts, and information about the Statewide Tornado Drill
• Wednesday: Staying safe when high winds, hail, and tornadoes strike
• Thursday: Lightning safety
• Friday: Flash flood safety
• Saturday: Make a plan and encourage others to do the same


A Statewide Tornado Drill is scheduled for Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 9:30 AM. The alarm test, which will come in the form of a Required Monthly Test, will activate the State Emergency Alert System and be carried by local radio broadcasters. Every school, business, and residence is encouraged to participate in this drill. It’s really easy: at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, take a few moments to practice your severe weather safety plan, and seek shelter for a few minutes as if a tornado was headed your way. Practicing this when the weather is good will allow you to react more quickly when the weather turns bad.

Also, take a few moments this week to visit the North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s preparedness website: On this web page you will find an abundance of information, and links to a free cell phone app, that will
help you plan and prepare for the severe weather season.
Finally, if you don’t have it already, download the First Alert mobile weather app. Severe weather watches and warnings will be pushed to your phone automatically based on your location, no matter where you are! You’ll also have access to interactive radar plus the latest hour by hour and 7 day forecasts. Search “First Alert 9” in the Apple app or Google play store or click here for a download link.
Stay safe!


– Meteorologist Pierce Legeion

Pierce Legeion is a meteorologist and digital journalist for WNCT 9 First Alert Weather.

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