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Friday, February 22, 2008

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Media Contact: Bob Wright

Springtime ushers in the best and the worst of weather conditions in Texas. Along with the days of idyllic temperatures, North Texas also gets brief periods of hair-raising storm systems that can bring flooding, hail, lightning, tornadoes or all the above at the same time.To prepare for this rough weather, the week of Feb. 24 – March 1 has been designated Severe Weather Awareness Week.Cindy Mohat, UT Arlington’s emergency management coordinator, invites the university family to go to a special Web site designed to tell you what to do in the case of severe weather.

The www.KnoWhat2Do.com Web site is a one-stop, online shop that outlines hazardous weather safety tips and storm spotter training information so that people can be an active participant in their own safety and of those around them. The KnoWhat2Do disaster preparedness program helps people put together a personal severe-weather response plan.Through three simple steps – Think, Prepare and Act – the program details the strategy for avoiding flooded roads and outlines steps for home evacuation drills. Emergency shelter information is also provided, as well as cleanup resources and checklists for emergency kits.

Developed through the collaboration of our North Central Texas regional governments, the KnoWhat2Do campaign reaches out to millions of people in our 16-county region. Through the Web site www.KnoWhat2Do.com, a bi-lingual educational DVD and preparedness guide full of fast facts and tips, users find instant information on disaster preparedness.

Each North Central Texas community has its own severe weather warning system. Local emergency management offices can provide details on the types of warnings available in their area and how each system may be used.

The KnoWhat2Do Web site provides lifesaving measures that can be followed in a severe-weather crisis. For example, it recommends the purchase of weather radios, which are credited with saving thousands of lives by providing alerts and information on severe weather occurring in specific areas.

By checking out www.KnoWhat2Do.com, North Central Texans can review all the scenarios Mother Nature is likely to unleash, and find the solutions that work best for their own circumstances and locations. Contact Cindy Mohat at mohat@uta.edu for more information about the Web site or severe weather preparedness.

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