Government pushes for greater awareness of severe weather

11:37 AM, Apr 23, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON - Heading into May, the peak month for tornadoes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are teaming up to promote National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

Last year, more than 500 people died as a result of tornadoes.

This year, the National Weather Service has added new technology for more accurate forecasts and there is new language in tornado watches and warnings to get people's attention.

FEMA director Craig Fugate says the number one thing to consider is for families to have a communication plan, so everyone can be accounted for in case cell phone service has been disabled.

The goal of National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is increase weather-readiness. The tips are know your risk, take action and be an example.

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