Governor Ron DeSantis on Monday announced a proclamation declaring February 5-9, 2024 as Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week. This is an annual event sponsored by the National Weather Service and the Florida Office of Emergency Management to increase awareness and preparedness for severe weather hazards during the peak of severe weather in Florida.
“The reason we do this is because people don't associate Florida with anything other than hurricanes,” department executive director Kevin Guthrie told News 6. “I encourage residents to assess their own risks and learn what hazards may impact their community.” Can support the whole family, including pets Have a complete disaster stockpile. ”
Guthrie told News 6 the state is using the Titusville-based radar to increase radar coverage to detect tornado activity in northern counties, including Lake, Flagler-Marion and Sumter counties. He said he has signed an agreement with Storm Quant.
According to Guthrie, this is a “$2 million investment in the state of Florida” that will “enhance radar detection of tornadoes, produce better warnings, more accurate information, more accurate data, and increase visibility in viewing areas. This is to help the viewers who are in.”
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Severe Weather Awareness Week in Florida focuses on educating about the various natural disasters that occur in Florida each day of the week. It is as follows:
Monday, February 5th – lightning
Tuesday, February 6th – Marine disasters and rip currents
Wednesday, February 7th – thunderstorm and tornado
Thursday, February 8th – hurricanes and floods
Friday, February 9th – extreme temperatures and wildfires
A statewide tornado drill will also take place on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at approximately 10 a.m. Public and commercial broadcasters are encouraged to participate in the statewide tornado drill by broadcasting these messages immediately.
For Florida Panhandle counties in the Central time zone, all training activities will be repeated one hour earlier (9 a.m. CST). School districts, private schools, preschools, and day care centers are welcome to participate in the training.
Tornado warnings are broadcast as “Weekly Routine Test” messages on NOAA Weather Alert Radio.
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