Severe Weather Preparedness Week
March 2-7, 2014 = National Severe Weather Preparedness Week
It seems odd here in Raleigh, during the first week of March, that the Library & Archives Building is scheduled to have a tornado drill. That in itself is not odd – but the footnote – added to the memo was most unusual. It read: “unless snow and ice keep us from being at work.” We have certainly had a true winter here in the Triangle area this winter of 2014. It is not unusual for this area to have all of the trees blooming, flowers popping out and the forsythia long past full bloom by Valentine’s Day. However, this year, we are just slogging through to the spring like everyone else.
Let National Severe Weather Preparedness Week serve as a reminder that preparations for possible severe weather are paramount for every cultural site in the state. Even if ice in March is not the normal state of the climate, it can cause damages to structures, people, landscapes and visitors. The same is true for heavy winds, torrential rain, tornados, fire and hurricanes. Take this week to inspect your site, review your disaster plan, make a cake for the fire chief, or just take a walk around your property to look for potential areas of damage.
If you are scheduling a drill, having a meeting with your board about the disaster plan, or even getting tree limbs cut, let us know what you are doing to prepare and prevent as much damages as possible. Stay safe and stay warm and be careful.
–Lyn Triplett, C2C Disaster Preparedness Coordinator