CHICAGO — With a threatening Wednesday forecast for most of the Great Lakes region that includes severe storms, heavy rains, strong winds and the possibility of tornadoes, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency Region V encourages everyone to be prepared.
“Summer has begun and, with it, the heightened risk of severe storms,” said FEMA Region V Administrator Andrew Velasquez III. “Now is the time to make sure your family knows what to do to stay safe and verify your mobile phone is enabled to receive Wireless Emergency Alerts to warn you of extreme weather and other emergencies in your area.”
Individuals should follow the instructions of state and local officials and listen to local radio or TV stations for updated emergency information related to this storm system. Purchasing a weather radio for your home is another way to ensure that you receive critical warning information. If a warning is issued, get indoors and move to the center of an interior room on the lowest level, such as a closet or interior hallway, away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls.
Find valuable tips to help you prepare for severe storms here and download the free FEMA app, available for Android, Apple or Blackberry device. Visit the site or download the app today so you have the information you need to prepare for severe weather.
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