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March 11, 2005

Hazardous Weather Week Observed March 13 - 19

FULTON -- In observance of Weather Hazards Awareness Week in New York State March 13 through 19, 2005, the Oswego County Emergency Management Office reminds local residents of the precautions they should take when hazardous weather conditions are predicted.

Every year Oswego County, like others across New York State, is buffeted by hazardous weather. “Thunderstorms, tornadoes, flooding, and winter storms carry the potential of threatening public safety and property and disrupting the daily lives of New Yorkers,” said Patricia Egan, director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office.

The county office works closely with New York State, the National Weather Service, and the local public safety community to improve the county’s readiness to respond to potentially dangerous weather situations.

Egan encourages all local residents to prepare themselves by learning what to do when hazardous weather strikes, and by putting together a Family Disaster Kit with emergency supplies.

In proclaiming Weather Hazards Week, Governor George E. Pataki said, “New York State is fortunate to have an effective warning system in place that operates in conjunction with the National Weather Service to give advance notice to localities when hazardous weather is expected.”

As part of the 17th annual statewide hazardous weather week, the National Weather Service offices serving New York State will issue test-warning messages for hazardous weather threats that develop rapidly. Communications capabilities for warning dissemination will be tested in drills on Tuesday, March 15, and Thursday, March 17.

These agencies include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Radio and Weather Wire Service, the emergency management community’s National Warning System (NAWAS) and the New York Statewide Police Information Network (NYSPIN). NAWAS and NYSPIN are New York’s official emergency management information communications systems for state agencies and local officials.

“Internally, the communications drills will give National Weather Service staffs the opportunity to practice skills usually applied under stress,” said Egan. “Externally, the statewide drill gives public safety and preparedness officials, the broadcast media and all New Yorkers the opportunity to test plans for responding to a weather emergency.”

To help local residents become prepared for hazardous weather emergencies, the Oswego County Emergency Management Office offers a number of brochures on winter storms, thunderstorms and tornadoes, flooding preparedness, and general family disaster planning. Copies of the brochures are available by calling the Emergency Management Office at 591-9150.

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