Do you know where your severe weather “safe place” is while you are at work, school, church, home, or on the road? Knowing your safe place is one of the most essential preparedness activities to save your life from extreme weather. In early April the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather-Ready Nation program will hold a four-day-long “safe place selfie” (#SafePlaceSelfie) campaign via social media to encourage everyone across the country to take this crucial life-saving preparedness action for when extreme weather threatens.
Who? EVERYONE! Individuals, businesses, organizations, etc.
What? #SafeplaceSelfie is a grass roots campaign as part of NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation to get individuals, businesses, and all organizations ready, responsive, and resilient to extreme weather events.
Where? At home, at school, at church, at work, on the road.
When? Monday, April 3, 2017 through Thursday, April 6, 2017. There will be a live Tweet Chat on Thursday, April 6th from noon to 1 p.m. Central.
Why? To prepare ourselves to be ready, responsive, and resilient for when extreme weather hits.
How? Tweet or post a selfie photo of you taking shelter in your “safe place” to @NWSSpringfield using the hashtag: #SafePlaceSelfie
Your safe place may be very different for the various hazards we experience here in Southwest Missouri and extreme Southeast Kansas. For instance, a car may be a safe place from lightning, but it is a very dangerous place during flash flooding and tornadoes.
Being prepared for extreme weather means knowing what to do no matter where or when it hits. And it can happen with barely a moment’s notice. If we’re lucky, we’ll be home, and our weather radio alert will sound. We’ll have our wits about us, and we can easily take action. However, one day it might happen when we’re away from home shopping at the mall or roaming around a hamfest when what was a parking lot just moments before suddenly becomes a lake.