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Posted On: 5/28/2013

Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management Announces National Hurricane Preparedness Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contacts:

John O’Brien: (216) 698-3396 or jfobrien@cuyahogacounty.us;

Cuyahoga County – May 26th through June 1st is 2013 National Hurricane Preparedness Week. The Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management urges everyone to take a moment and review their plans for coping with destructive weather.

While it is extremely unlikely that a full-scale hurricane would survive over land long enough to strike Northern Ohio, the remnants of hurricanes and other tropical storms can and have caused destructive winds, flooding, and other damage to this area. As recently as 2012, the remnants of Hurricane Sandy caused millions of dollars in damage in Cuyahoga County.

Know your risk: Understand how hurricanes and other severe storms can affect your community and how the weather could impact you, your family and your co-workers. Check the weather forecast regularly, sign up for local alerts from the National Weather Service (NWS), and listen for instructions from your city’s public safety officials and the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management.

Take action: Develop an emergency plan and practice how you will evacuate if instructed by emergency management officials. Your plans should also include information on strengthening your home and business against destructive weather.

Be an Example: Once you have taken action, encourage your family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors to prepare as well.

The best way to receive severe weather watches and warnings is with a tone alert NOAA Weather Radio. A weather radio will provide severe weather information direct from the local National Weather Service office.

These actions can save lives and protect property anywhere – at home, in schools, in your neighborhood, and in your workplace. Planning ahead can help you protect your family and secure your community and home in advance of the upcoming hurricane season.

The Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management’s mission is to protect lives, property, the environment, and the economy. For additional information, contact us at 216-443-5700 or visit our website at http://ja.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/emergency-management.aspx.