Severe Weather Awareness Week In New York State


ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Governor Kathy Hochul declared the week of April 25th through 29th, 2022 as Severe Weather Awareness Week to highlight the seasonal dangers of flooding, tornadoes and thunderstorms during the spring and summer months in New York State.

“As climate change continues to threaten communities across New York State, we are laser focused on educating and preparing New Yorkers for severe weather so they can be better equipped for future storms,” Governor Hochul said. “Severe weather events are becoming more common in New York, and as summer comes around the corner, residents should be prepared for what will come in the future. I encourage all New Yorkers to learn more about severe weather and the hazards created by thunderstorms, flooding and tornadoes so you know how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe in a weather emergency.”

New York State is teaming with the National Weather Service to educate the public on what to expect from specific weather threats.

The state recommends four steps you should follow for personal preparedness.

Make a plan including a safe place to take shelter, prepare an emergency kit, stay tuned to local media alerts, and get involved with an emergency management service.

On average, across the U.S., 88 people die per year in floods, 41 due to lightning and 68 due to tornadoes.


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