SEMA, NWS Offer Summer Severe Weather Awareness Information

 SEMA, NWS Offer Summer Severe Weather Awareness Information

June 21 is the official start of summer. The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) set June 22-28 for the Summer Severe Weather campaign. This Summer Weather Safety Campaign focuses on Heat, Lightening, Flood Safety, and Weather radio information to keep citizens safe during the peak vacation and outdoor recreation season.

“Informing our citizens about the dangers involved with summer weather is critical. Last summer 34 Missourians died from heat related illnesses and two Missourians died from lightning strikes,” Director of the State Emergency Management Agency Ronald M. Reynolds said. “This summer adds flooding to the severe weather mix. Our goal is to give citizens the tools they need to be safe this summer.”

Information in the campaign includes the warning signs of heat illness and the importance of drinking adequate amounts of water, as well as, the increase risk of lightning hazards to camps and outdoor recreation.

“A weather radio gives citizens advanced severe weather warning,” Reynolds said. “For families that enjoy outdoor activities or camping trips a portable weather radio could give citizens enough time to seek safe shelter.”

The St. Louis NWS office summer preparedness weather campaign focuses on heat and lightening safety information. The information can be downloaded: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lsx/?n=summerweathersafetyweek

The Kansas City/Pleasant Hill NWS office adds flooding, flash flooding and UV safety information to their summer weather preparedness campaign. Information can be downloaded: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/crnews/display_story.php?wfo=eax&storyid=15457&source=0

The Springfield NWS office has a Heat Wave flyer can be downloaded: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/brochures/heatwave.pdf or the NWS Terms and Information: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/brochures/heat_wave.shtml

FEMA has a Heat brochure: http://www.fema.gov/areyouready/heat.shtm as well as

Heat Information in Spanish: http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/espanol.htm/