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Severe Weather Preparedness

Be a Force of Nature - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are calling upon all Americans to Be a Force of Nature. 

The City of Melissa is committed to Being a Force of Nature and pledges to do so by: knowing our risk, taking action, and being an example for our families and community by sharing the steps we took.  Because we live in an area prone to severe and sudden weather changes we need to be reminded that severe weather can strike anywhere and at any time.

Just last year, there were more than 450 weather-related fatalities and nearly 2,600 injuries. Each time severe weather threatens we hear stories of ordinary Americans who do the extraordinary to save loved ones – a mother protecting her children by shielding them from flying debris, a homeowner opening up his storm shelter to neighbors, neighbors helping a senior in a wheelchair get to a safe shelter, individuals ensuring friends are aware of the current watch or warning in their area.

Tornadoes struck approximately 46 states, caused over $1.6 billion in damage and nearly 70 fatalities. There were more than 935 tornadoes in 2012, with 206 in April alone. While April and May are peak months, tornadoes happen all year round.

Building a Weather-Ready Nation requires that every individual and community take action because severe weather knows no boundaries and affects us all.

Be a Force of Nature by making a public pledge to be prepared at ready.gov/severe-weather.

   

Are You Weather Ready?

Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Lightning...Nature's Most Violent Storms - A Preparedness Guide (US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, NWS, & Red Cross)

What's A Watch? Video

Plan!T NOW Young Meteorologist Program - "Severe Weather Preparedness Adventure!" Game

 

Severe Weather 101

Tips from Ready.gov:

 

Have you signed up for CodeRED Weather Warning? CodeRED_CodeRED WW Button

CodeRED Weather Warning will alert citizens in the direct path of severe weather. 

Notifications will be sent out moments after a severe thunderstorm, tornado warning, or flash flood warning has been issued by the National Weather Service.  Only citizens in the immediate impact area will be alerted. 

Learn more about how it works


Register to get the call!  Users must opt-in to receive alerts to their land-line or mobile telephone when signing up for CodeRED.

Sign-up today!



CodeRed Do Not CallLooking to opt out of CodeRED Weather Warning?  

If you wish to unsubscribe from the CodeRED Weather Warning feature, you must call CodeRED Customer Service at 800-566-9780, preferably from the telephone you want to unsubscribe from the service, and follow the automated prompts.  There is also this webpage that you can try as well: https://ecnetwork.com/notification-opt-out/

 


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