POSTED: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 12:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 12:42pm
(Longview, TX) The City of Longview is encouraging citizens to focus on emergency readiness during Severe Weather Awareness Week, which is February 20 – 26. Sponsored by the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, the purpose of Severe Weather Awareness Week is to urge all citizens to prepare for severe weather events and to educate themselves on safety strategies. Examples of severe weather in Texas include flooding, tornadoes, hail storms, straight line winds, thunder storms, and other severe emergencies.
According to Fire Chief J.P. Steelman, “We know that each year brings the potential for some kind of violent weather, so we encourage residents to take steps to prepare for severe weather. As we see on a daily basis in the Longview Fire Department, when individuals make preparations before an emergency, their emergency response and recovery are usually much better.”
Residents are also encouraged to sign up to register for the City of Longview’s Emergency Notification and Weather Warning System, which is a telephone alert system powered by CodeRed. The City of Longview uses the Emergency Notification system to send emergency public safety notifications to the citizens of Longview. The Weather Warning System delivers targeted weather notifications of severe weather within moments of being issued by the National Weather Service. To sign up for the Emergency Notification and Weather Warning System, please contact Public Safety Communications at 903-237-2706 or visit LongviewTexas.gov.
Emergency preparation tips and severe weather safety strategies can be viewed online at Fire.LongviewTexas.gov.
From City of Longview