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Community Emergency Alert Gets Word Out About Weather Dangers

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A cold front coming our way threatens to fire up severe storms Monday.

The Charlottesville Albemarle Emergency Communications center is sharing some safety reminders to prepare for that weather risk.

Summer creates an atmosphere for quickly shifting weather that can change your plans in a heartbeat.

Assistant emergency coordinator, Allison Farole said, "Knowing what you're going to do and who you can rely on if something were to happen."

The Charlottesville Albemarle Emergency Communications Center has some advice for when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

"To stay alert, registering for those local community alerts that we provide, and building an emergency kit and keeping an eye on the weather and knowing what's happening and not taking anything for granted, knowing anything can happen at any time,” said Farole.

An emergency kit should include a few basic and personal items.

"That emergency kit includes water, non-perishable foods, a first aid kit, any personal toiletries that you would like to have, a blanket, anything that would make you feel comfortable or you needed during an emergency or when you lose power,” said Farole.

The Emergency Communications Center coordinates the community's response to a storm.

The center reminds everyone to have a personal plan to respond if a storm leaves a path of destruction in your own backyard.

"Create a plan with local friends that you have, or roommates, create that family your family doesn't need to be blood family, it can be friends, family or anybody that you trust that's in the area," said Farole.

The community emergency alert is an alternative to traditional methods of getting the word out about weather dangers. This system allows the communication center to text or e-mail you emergency notifications.

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