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April 18, 2016

SEVERE WEATHER TEST APRIL 28 PART OF HAZARDS AWARENESS WEEK


Fulton - The 28th annual Severe Hazards Awareness Week will be observed in Oswego County and throughout New York State April 24 - 30. As part of its educational campaign, Oswego County Emergency Management Director Dale A. Currier reminds local residents of the precautions they should take when hazardous weather conditions are predicted.

Hazardous weather can occur at any time, Currier said. "Thunderstorms, windstorms, tornadoes, and flooding carry the potential of threatening public safety and property and disrupting normal activities," he noted.

The County Legislature's Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee oversees the emergency management office and other public safety agencies. The county emergency management 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.

As part of the statewide hazardous weather week, the National Weather Service will issue test-warning messages for hazardous weather threats that develop rapidly on Thursday, April 28. The test is being conducted in partnership with the New York State Disaster Preparedness Commission.

"Oswego County is certified as a StormReady County by the National Weather Service. The designation recognizes the multiple hazardous weather warning systems and preparedness levels in place throughout the county," said County Legislator Linda Lockwood, District 11, chairperson of the Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee and vice chairwowan of the Legislature.

Public Safety Committee members encourage 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 addition to Legislator Lockwood, the committee includes Legislators Margaret Kastler, District 1; Frank Castiglia Jr., District 25; James Karasek, District 22; Richard Kline, District 12; Jacob A. Mulcahey, District 15; and Milferd Potter, District 2.

"The statewide drill gives public safety and preparedness officials, the broadcast media, schools, and all New Yorkers the opportunity to test plans for responding to a weather emergency," said Currier. "We encourage Oswego County schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities that have tone-alert weather radios issued by our office to participate by logging their receipt of the test messages and reviewing their hazardous weather plans."

To help local residents become prepared for hazardous weather emergencies, the Oswego County Emergency Management Office offers a number of brochures on thunderstorms and tornadoes, flooding preparedness, winter storms, and general family disaster planning. Copies are available by calling the Emergency Management Office at 315-591-9150. The information is also posted on the Oswego County website, www.oswegocounty.com/emo.


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