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Severe Weather Awareness Week April 27

Albany, N.Y. -- The week of April 27 to May 3 has been dubbed Severe Weather Awareness Week across New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday.

National efforts have been made to make people better prepared for weather emergencies and extreme weather events.

Governmental, private and volunteer organizations have partnered together to practice communication and skills that are usually used in stressful situations, and provides public safety officials, broadcast media and citizens to test methods of responding to emergency weather messages.

"Extreme weather has become the new reality, and this administration is committed to making New York State as prepared as possible for the next major storm," Cuomo said in a statement. "In just three years, New Yorkers have experienced nine federally declared disasters. Those disasters have taught us valuable lessons, and we are actively learning from them so that we can build back stronger and smarter with the next storm in mind."

There are four basic steps to preparedness that people should take before severe weather happens: make a plan, prepare a kit, be informed, and get involved.

For more information on preparing in advance of severe weather events, click here.

 
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