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NWS encouraging weather preparedness

Mar 3, 2013 - From staff reports

The National Weather Service office in Riverton is proud to promote National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 3 to March 9. During this week members of the community are asked to "Be a Force of Nature" and better prepare for severe weather threats in western and central Wyoming.

Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, 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.

Each year, people are killed or seriously injured by flash floods and other types of severe weather, despite advance warning. In Wyoming, two of the more prominent hazards are wildfires and lightning. This past year there were more than 450 weather-related fatalities and nearly 2,600 injuries nationwide. Severe weather knows no boundaries and affects every individual.

"Weather is an important part of daily life in Wyoming and our agency is committed to ensuring the safety of our communities," said Chris Jones, warning coordination meteorologist at the Riverton office. "What can be forgotten is that each individual plays an important role in this process too. By taking a few steps now you can be better prepared and assist in saving lives."

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