West U Encouraging Residents to Participate in Severe Weather Awareness Week

February 21, 2012

The City of West University Place Fire Department and Emergency Management Team are encouraging residents to participate in Severe Weather Awareness Week, Feb.20 – 26.

Gov. Rick Perry, with the support of the National Weather Service and Texas Department of Emergency Management, has proclaimed this week as Severe Weather Awareness Week for the state of Texas.

In his proclamation, Perry reminds Texans of the threat to life that thunderstorms pose and stressed the importance of staying aware of weather conditions and being prepared.

Spring marks the time of year when severe thunderstorms and tornadoes occur most often in Texas. They bring all the devastating elements – tornadoes, lightning, large hail, damaging winds and flash flooding. This booklet is designed to serve as a guide to the dangers of severe weather and its impacts on southeast Texas.

This week is also a great opportunity to review and test emergency plans related to severe weather. Severe weather preparedness information, including severe storms and tornadoes, can be found at the Texas Department of Public Safety website and the National Weather Service website.

West U offers a number of ways for residents to stay informed during severe weather and emergency situations:

CodeRED: A high-speed telephone, text messaging and email emergency notification and information service, CodeRED provides 24-hour emergency notifications. All residents are encouraged to sign up to receive emergency notifications via CodeRED.

City Website & E-Notify: Used in conjunction with the city’s website, www.westutx.govE-Notify is the city’s email notification system. Residents can choose the types of information they wish to receive by calendar or news category.

West U C.A.R.E.: West U’s Community Alert and Response to Emergencies (C.A.R.E.) website, www.westucare.org, provides access to the city’s “virtual” joint information center. This website is an additional resource for residents and staff during a large-scale emergency. Residents are encouraged to bookmark this website.

Social Media: Used to supplement the city’s website, information about severe weather and emergency situations will also be posted on the city’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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