Governor Rick Perry has proclaimed the week of March 2-8, 2003 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Texas. In his message to Texans, Governor Perry noted that severe weather can strike anywhere in the state, often with little warning. He emphasized that the key to reducing the risks associated with dangerous weather was advance preparation.
Echoing the Governor's concern, Jack Colley, State Coordinator of the Division of Emergency Management, stated that "A number of Texans are killed each year as a result of severe weather events, with the highest number of deaths due to floods, extreme summer heat, and lightning strikes.
Colley urged local govermental officials to work with the media to develop stories and interviews that will highlight the need for preparedness and safety. He described the week in March as "an excellent opportunity to remind people what they need to do when severe weather strikes." Throughout Severe Weather Awareness week, KTRE will provide important information and safety tips about severe weather during our newscast and on our website at ktre.com.
The onset of spring in Texas brings an increasing potential for violent weather, including damaging thunderstorm winds, hail, tornadoes, lightning, flooding, and flash flooding. Spring is also a time when Texans are outdoors more often, making it even more important that everyone be aware of the weather. Everyone must know what to do when severe weather threatens, whether at home, at work, at school, at play, or while traveling.