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National Severe Weather Preparedness Week: March 2-8 2014

Extreme weather takes all shapes and forms. In the first two months of this year we have already had our fair share of extreme cold, heavy snow, ice, and even a few tornadoes. While there has been a lot of coverage of these events on TV and social media, 2013 was actually the lowest tornado activity AND tied for the lowest hurricane activity on record. All it takes is one event to impact you to turn into the most important one. That is why awareness and preparation this week for all kinds of severe weather is so important.

March 2-8, 2014

One of the most important elements is knowing the difference between a watch and warning. That is what is addressed in the FEMA video clip.

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Weather Preparedness Week, March 2-8, 2014. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is a nationwide effort designed to increase awareness of the severe weather that affects everyone and to encourage individuals, families businesses and communities to know their risk, take action, and be an example.

Being prepared to act quickly could be a matter of survival. This is especially evident during the threat of severe weather. The deadliest and most destructive tornado of 2013, an EF-5 on May 20 in Moore, Oklahoma, and caused more than $2 billion in property damage. Even though severe weather was anticipated days in advance, many in the impacted areas said they did not have a plan and were caught unprepared.

While spring tends to produce more tornadoes, they’re not uncommon in fall. On Nov. 17, a late season tornado outbreak that struck seven Midwestern states became the most active tornado day of 2013 with a total of 74 tornadoes.

Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

“While giving back what disaster took, South River Restoration (SRR) aims to raise
awareness about the importance of preparing BEFORE a disaster strikes,” said SRR
CEO and President Bryan Agee. “For example, through the Priority Emergency
Response Program (PREP), we are able to provide members with a variety of tools to better assist clients during an emergency. Educating people on severe weather will be extremely helpful should they ever experience a disaster.”

KNOW YOUR RISK: The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

TAKE ACTION: Before storms strike, develop a family communication plan, create or purchase an emergency supplies kit, and participate in a local event on April 30 through America’s PrepareAthon.



Share your preparedness story with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter. Letting others know that you’re prepared will prompt them to prepare as well. Studies show that many people use social media in the event of a disaster to let relatives and friends know they are safe. This is an National Severe Weather Preparedness Week 2014 important trend because people are most likely to take preparedness steps if they observe the preparations taken by others. Social media provides the perfect platform to model preparedness actions for others.

Being weather ready is a collective effort. It takes the whole community to effectively prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against damages caused by tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and other severe weather.

South River Restoration is proud to support the goals of National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. By preparing our communities, we are able to build a Weather-Ready Nation – one that is resilient in the face of extreme weather.

Learn more at and the Spanish-language web site Follow the National Weather Service @nws and FEMA @readygov on Twitter.


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Kid Weather App

Support my efforts: This is a great time to work off the active weather and see the app I made with my son (when he was 6 years old). It won a Parents Choice Award, was listed on's top 10 list of apps to teach kids science, and has been downloaded in 29 countries. We have over 400 items of trivia plus live weather and forecasts for kids. It's available on iTunes and for Android on Google Play and Amazon. See more and links for your device at

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About South River Restoration

Contact: Michelle Collett, Vice President of Marketing

South River Restoration specializes in 24/7 emergency disaster restoration and reconstruction services for commercial and residential properties. Its passion to give back what disaster took is the driving force to help with any loss or emergency involving flood, water, fire, smoke, mold and weather-related incidents. With a team of expert restoration responders, trained and certified to provide the best possible customer experience, SRR believes it is important to guide clients through the process from start to finish. As an independently owned corporation, South River Restoration delivers the same, exceptional customer experience through a unique blend of daily communication tools and technology to get you back to business. Founded in 1998, SRR directly services Maryland, Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Dallas/Fort Worth. Additionally, its membership with Restoration Affiliates gives it a footprint across the United States with the ability to utilize hundreds of premier business associates offering the same restoration services.

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