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The City of Paris Police Department announced it is proud to support National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 2-8, 2014. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is a nationwide effort designed to increase awareness of the severe weather that affects everyone and to encourage individuals, families businesses and communities to know their risk, take action, and be an example.
Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley remarked; “Our community has been struck several times by tornadoes and severe weather. We understand our residents’ concerns for adequate warnings and their personal safety. The city has invested in a revamping of our outdoor warning siren system, the CodeRED warning and information system, and the latest technologies in our Emergency Operations Center.”
Being prepared to act quickly could be a matter of survival. This is especially evident during the threat of severe weather. The deadliest and most destructive tornado of 2013, an EF-5 on May 20 in Moore, Oklahoma, and caused more than $2 billion in property damage. Even though severe weather was anticipated days in advance, many in the impacted areas said they did not have a plan and were caught unprepared.
While spring tends to produce more tornadoes, they’re not uncommon in fall. On Nov. 17, a late season tornado outbreak that struck seven Midwestern states became the most active tornado day of 2013 with a total of 74 tornadoes.
Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.
Know Your Risk: The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.
Take Action: Before storms strike, develop a family communication plan, create or purchase an emergency supplies kit.
Be an Example: Share your preparedness story with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter. Letting others know that you’re prepared will prompt them to prepare as well. Studies show that many people use social media in the event of a disaster to let relatives and friends know they are safe. This is an important trend because people are most likely to take preparedness steps if they observe the preparations taken by others. Social media provides the perfect platform to model preparedness actions for others. The police department maintains a presence on Facebook where weather information is posted. Our CodeRED system will automatically begin calling our citizens when a severe weather warning is issued for the city or portions of the city. The department uses CodeRED capabilities with text messaging and e-mails to enhance the citizens awareness of approaching severe storms.
Chief Hundley stated: “Mother nature is in charge when severe weather strikes as we can do nothing to change the weather. What we can have an impact on is making sure our citizens know what’s coming and being prepared.”
Being weather ready is a collective effort. It takes the whole community to effectively prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against damages caused by tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and other severe weather.
Here are some websites with further information:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd/ (Ft. Worth Office, NWS)
For Information or questions, please contact Chief Bob Hundley or Asst. Chief Randy Tuttle at 903-737-4100.
As Winter Storm Pax pounds the Northeast with snow and ice, the weather for Paris and the surrounding Northeast Texas region will be sunny and much warmer than the last few weeks.
Most of the coming week will see high temperatures in the seventies and lows in the forties and fifties Monday-Thursday, according to preliminary forecasts from meteorologists.
Although some days next week will be partly cloudy or mostly sunny, as of right now the chance of rain is low, with a 20% chance on Sunday, February 16, and then slightly higher at a 30% chance on Wednesday, February 19. There is a no chance of rain on Saturday.
These predictions could change, as our Texas weather often does, but for now the forecast shows a nice, warm weekend and coming week.
If you have any outdoor Valentine’s Day plans for today or this weekend, enjoy them and the weather. Winter is not quite over, and it would be doubtful to say that we’ve seen the last of our cold weather for this year.
Your Valentine’s Day forecast shows a high of 62º for today and a low of 33º for tonight.
Paris ISD cancelled all evening activities on Thursday. Friday, February 7, is a staff development/student holiday for Head Start and Pre-K through 8th grades at Paris; staff development and district offices will open at 9 a.m. Paris High School and PASS (grades 9-12) will have a two hour delayed start on Friday and will start at 10 a.m.
Roxton and Chisum ISD also closed on Thursday. Chisum ISD has a two hour delay for Friday pending.
All Paris Junior College campuses in Paris, Sulphur Springs and Greenville closed Thursday due to inclement weather.
The late week rain showers and early week frigid temperatures experienced by Northeast Texas and the surrounding areas will make way for a warm and sunny weekend with zero percent chance of precipitation on Saturday and Sunday.
Then on Sunday, the high is predicted to be almost 70° with a low of 46°.
On Monday the high is forecasted at 59° with a low of 38°, and then it will warm back up on Tuesday, with 64° being the high.
This is quite the contrast to the subfreezing temperatures of early in the week, as the wind chill sometimes got to single digits, while the actual temperatures were in the teens and twenties.
Enjoy the sunny and warm weather over the weekend, and stay tuned to the Extra for more weather updates for next week.
By Josh Allen, eParisExtra
The high on New Year’s Eve is 54° F, with a low of 34°, and mostly sunny.
Then a high of 61° on Wednesday, January 1, is predicted, with a low of 31° in the morning and night.
The daytime on New Year’s day will be clear, sunny and quite a bit warmer than the last few days have been.
It will cool back down on Thursday, January 2, to a high of only 48° and a chilly low of 28°. Friday will be about the same, and both days look to be partly cloudy.
There is little to no chance of precipitation throughout the week.