Severe Weather Awareness Week

News Release:

Governor Rick Perry has proclaimed March 4 - 10, 2007, Severe Weather Awareness Week in Texas. Govovernor Perry joined with the National Weather Service and the Governor's Division of Emergency Management to urge all Texans to be prepared for severe storms.

"Severe Weather Awareness Week reminds Texans that severe weather can develop quickly, so it's vital that we plan ahead for threatening weather situations," Perry said. "Together we can take steps to reduce risk, ensure safety and ultimately save lives."

The spring season often brings the potential for violent weather events in Texas, including damaging thunderstorms, hail storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes. Each year, Severe Weather Awareness Week helps build public awareness about preparedness.

During Severe Weather Awareness Week, Texans are advised to put together a "readiness kit" of important emergency supplies, to keep a battery-operated radio or television set to receive important information during storms, to designate a place to go in case of evacuation, and to develop an emergency plan for communicating with relatives and friends in other areas.

For more information about Severe Weather Awareness Week, refer to the Division of Emergency Management Web site: and the National Weather Service Southern Region Headquarters, Fort Worth, Web site: