Be a Force of Nature: Register Today for Weather Safety Saturday

New Hanover County, NC Feb. 26, 2013 – New Hanover County Emergency Management is proud to be promoting National Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 3-9, 2013. During this week we are asking our employees and members of the community to Be a Force of Nature and better prepare for severe weather threats in our area.

New Hanover County North CarolinaAs committed leaders for weather-readiness, New Hanover County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service will host Weather Safety Saturday on March 9. Presentations will include the role of Skywarn Spotters, severe weather basics, weather safety practices, and a behind-the-scenes look into the County’s 911 Communications Center. Participants will receive a variety of handouts, including the new color Storm Spotter guide and poster.

SKYWARNTM is a voluntary program developed by the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS needs real-time reports of hail size, wind damage, flash flooding, heavy rain and tornadoes in order to effectively warn the public. SKYWARNTM volunteers serve as storm spotters for the NWS and local emergency management programs. Volunteers serve as the eyes and the ears for the whole community.

“We are committed to ensuring the safety of our community,” said Emergency Management Director Warren Lee. “By taking a few steps now you can be better prepared and assist in saving lives.”

Weather Safety Saturday

Date: Saturday, March 9
Time: 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: New Hanover County Government Center
230 Government Center Drive, Suite 135
Wilmington, NC 28403

To register, contact New Hanover County Emergency Management at (910) 798-6906.

Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is a nationwide effort to increase awareness of severe weather and to motivate individuals, families, businesses, and communities to take actions that will prepare them in the event of severe weather.

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