Florida Recognizes Severe Weather Awareness Week

By: Nate Harrington Email
By: Nate Harrington Email

In Florida, one week out of the year is devoted to reminding residents of how dangerous our state can be when it comes to weather.

This week is severe weather awareness week, and the main message from officials is Get Ready!

Jeffry Evans, NWS Meteorologist says,"The whole point of severe weather awareness week is to get people to think about storms before the storms hit. And it's difficult...we don't want trying to figure out what to do while the storm is coming."

Storms are common in Florida, but not the only weather hazard we should worry about.

Each day this week a different hazard was focused on... Lightning, Rip Currents, Tornadoes and Thunderstorms, Hurricanes and Flooding, and finally Temperature extremes and Wildfires.

Emergency Management officials say we should be focused on all of these dangers.

Amy Godsey, State Meteorologist says,"It's easy to forget that Florida has a whole wide array of hazards. A lot of people really underscore rip currents. They killed 23 people in 2010 and same thing with lightning. It only claims one or two victims at one time, compared to larger systems like hurricanes."

Officials say we should all know what to do in the event of a disaster or emergency, and that when those things do happen, we are all part of the response effort.

State Emergency Response Team Chief Mike DeLorenzo says, "Everyone is part of the states response team. Everyone in the state of Florida and their role as part of the team is to make sure they have a plan and they get prepared."

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