Wed March 5, 2014
Earth Calendar for March 5th and March 6th
March 2nd through March 8th is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Hurricanes, droughts, tornadoes, snowstorms, flooding…severe weather can happen at any time, anywhere, and it affects all of us. In 2013, the United States experienced seven weather and climate disasters with losses exceeding one billion dollars each, including record rainfall and devastating floods across parts of Colorado, expanding drought conditions in the West, and a late-season outbreak of at least 70 tornadoes in seven Midwestern states.
This week, take a few minutes to know your risk, prepare for severe weather, and share your knowledge and actions with friends, family and your community. When severe weather strikes, being prepared to act quickly could be a matter of survival. Severe weather impacts every part of the country. One of the best ways to prepare is to know the hazards where you live. FEMA’s interactive map is a great place to start. Visit the website and click on your state to learn more.
Build an emergency kit and check out FEMA’s list of recommended supplies for a basic kit. You probably already have many of these items in your home. Make an emergency plan. Winging it is not a family emergency plan. Know what to do before severe weather strikes by creating an emergency plan. Don’t forget to plan for pets, too. For more information please visit the website.
On Our Calendar: Registration is now open for the upcoming 2014 Public Workers Tree Seminar to be held on Thursday, March 13th. This informative seminar covers a wide range of topics relating to tree care and management. Target audiences include: public works employees, tree board members, tree care companies, and general public. The Public Workers Tree Seminar will be held at the Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, located at 6028 Camp Ernst Road in Burlington, KY 41005. Registration will be accepted thru March 10th. To register, visit www.nkyurbanforestry.org