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Escambia County Observes Severe Weather Awareness Week Feb. 5-9

Published Feb 5, 2024
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Monday, Feb. 5, marks the beginning of 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.

Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week is observed each year by the National Weather Service, Florida Division of Emergency Management, and Escambia County Emergency Management to increase awareness of and preparedness for severe weather hazards. This is an opportunity for Escambia County residents to learn about the various weather hazards that frequently impact the state and how families and businesses can prepare for natural events.

"We focus a lot of effort on hurricane preparedness here at Emergency Management, but severe weather is more likely to impact us throughout the year than a hurricane," said Emergency Manager Travis Tompkins. "It's important to take these threats just as serious and to make sure that you have a way to stay informed about these kinds of weather impacts."

Each day during Severe Weather Awareness Week will focus on a different natural disaster a Floridian can experience:

Monday, Feb. 5: Lightning
Tuesday, Feb. 6: Marine Hazards and Rip Currents
Wednesday, Feb. 7: Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
Thursday, Feb. 8: Hurricanes and Flooding
Friday, Feb. 9: 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.

More information on what to do before, during and after a weather event is available online at You can also follow @BeReadyEscambia on Twitter, like Escambia County Emergency Management on Facebook, and follow @EscambiaBeReady on Instagram for the latest news and updates on emergencies impacting our community.

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