Preparedness encouraged during Severe Weather Awareness Week

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This week, the National Weather Service and state and local emergency management agencies will emphasize the importance of learning about severe weather and preparing for it.

A statewide tornado drill will take place Tuesday morning as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Emergency Management Director for the City of St. Joseph Jada McClintick said the week is an opportunity to take a moment to think about the different types  of severe weather experienced in the area.

“Of course, tornadoes come to mind automatically but, more commonly in our area are severe thunderstorms, high winds, winter weather, ice storms which result in power outages, we have flooding concerns, all those different types of natural weather situations we encounter in our area,” McClintick said. “It gives people an opportunity to stop, consider what happens here and how that affects their individual families or their individual businesses and how they can protect themselves better and be a little bit more prepared and more proactive in those situations.”

Families are encouraged to create or review their severe weather preparedness plan.

McClintick said preparedness tips are posted weekly on the City of St. Joseph Emergency Management Facebook page.

“We try to pick a topic each month. Last month was water preparation because we want people to feel like you don’t have to spend a whole lot of time and money to make a preparedness kit and you don’t have to feel like it’s overwhelming and you need to do it all at once,” McClintick said. “Just doing one thing once a month could prepare your family immeasurably in the event of a disaster or even just a serious storm, it doesn’t have to be a major disaster, but something where the power goes out, your family is prepared and taken care of.”

A statewide tornado drill will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week.