On Monday, Feb. 6, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a proclamation declaring Feb. 6-10, 2023 as Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week. Throughout the week, Escambia County Emergency Management will spend each day working to increase awareness and emphasize the importance of preparedness for severe weather hazards.
Severe Weather Awareness Week is an opportunity for Escambia County citizens to learn about the various weather hazards that frequently impact the state and how families and businesses can prepare for natural events.
"If you have lived in Northwest Florida for any length of time, you know that we get a lot of severe weather," said Emergency Manager Travis Tompkins. "If you are new to our community, you are going to experience some sort of weather hazard. It's not a matter of if we have a storm, it’s a matter of when. We are prone to severe weather all 12 months of the year. The first thing you can do is get weather aware. Make sure your phone can receive critical alerts, and pay attention to media reports about weather. We may not all agree on what we see in the media, but no one messes around with weather reporting. Take time this week to look at the severe weather week information that will be provided. It just might save your life."
Each day during Severe Weather Awareness Week will focus on a different natural disaster a Floridian can experience:
Monday, Feb. 6: Lightning
Tuesday, Feb. 7: Rip Currents
Wednesday, Feb. 8: Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
Thursday, Feb. 9: Hurricanes and Flooding
Friday, Feb. 10: Extreme Temperatures and Wildfires
During Florida Severe Weather Week, ECEM encourages citizens to sign up for Alert Escambia emergency notifications. The Alert Escambia link is located at the top right-hand corner of the Be Ready Escambia page. There is also a video that shows you how to make sure your cell phone can receive emergency alerts. The telephone number that will be displayed on your phone will be 850-471-6500. This valuable tool helps Escambia County residents to be informed of life safety alerts in our community.
Click here to learn more about Florida’s Severe Weather Awareness Week.
View Gov. DeSantis' Severe Weather Awareness Week proclamation here.
More information on what to do before, during and after a storm is available online at MyEscambia.com/BeReady. You can also follow @BeReadyEscambia on Twitter and like Escambia County Emergency Management on Facebook for the latest news and updates on emergencies impacting our community.