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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 16:31

Guide to Severe Weather Alerting – Have a Plan that Works all Year

The end of the year is almost upon us, which can mean only one thing: cold and often unpredictable winter weather is about to rear its ugly head yet again.

According to a study that originally appeared in the Journal of Climate, a total of 438 blizzards took place in the United States between 1959 and 2000 – breaking down to roughly 10.7 on average per year.

But a blizzard doesn’t just bring with it tremendous amounts of snow. Each event is also incredibly dangerous due to poor visibility, terrible road conditions, chilling temperatures that leave people exposed to frostbite and hypothermia and so much more.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has long held the belief that being prepared during the storm isn’t enough to keep people safe – it’s also what you do both before and after an event that really counts. Being as prepared as possible really is the key to staying safe and for many communities, emergency notification planning and crisis communication often mean the difference between a mild inconvenience and an absolute tragedy.