Safe Place Selfie by WRN

Do you know where your “safe place” is while you are at work, at home, or traveling?   In early April WRN will be launching a 4-day #safeplaceselfie campaign over social media to encourage everyone across the country to take the #1 preparedness action when extreme weather threatens.

#SafeplaceSelfie is a grass roots campaign as part of NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation to get individuals, businesses, and all organizations ready, responsive, and resilient to extreme weather events. 

Knowing your “safe place” when extreme weather threatens is the #1 preparedness action anyone can take.  To this end, a social media campaign will be launched the week of April 3, culminating in a TweetChat on Thursday, April 6. 

This action can be fun, is free, and doesn’t require a lot of time commitment, but can open the door to greater preparedness actions (creating a family emergency plan, emergency kit, etc.)

Encourage other accounts on social media by tagging them and asking “Where is your safe place?”

Focus is broad across the spectrum of hazards, and not just tornadoes.  Hazards to consider: lightning, severe (tornadoes, high winds), extreme heat/cold, flooding, rip currents, wildfires, hurricanes, tsunamis…

And your safe place may be very different for the various hazards.  For instance, a car may be a safe place from lightning, but is a dangerous place during flash flooding. 

Get creative!  Is there a beach nearby or are locals planning vacations to warmer climates?  Help spread rip current awareness by focusing on where your safe place would be (hint: between the lifeguard flags).

About Allen Aycoth

President of The Blue Ridge Weather Watch
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