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Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 4 – 10

Mar 02, 2018

FAYETTEVILLECumberland County Emergency Services joins the National Weather Service and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in observing Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 4 – 10. Residents are reminded to take steps to stay prepared for severe weather.


At their Feb. 19 meeting, Cumberland County Commissioners adopted a proclamation observing Severe Weather Awareness Week. Tornadoes, large hail, lightning, flash flooding and damaging straight-line winds are the focus of this year’s observance.


A statewide tornado drill will be held March 7 at 9:30 a.m. Participation is voluntary. Schools, businesses, work places and families across the state are encouraged to participate in the drill, which will be broadcast on the NOAA Weather Radio and the Emergency Alert System. However, notifications of the drill will not be sent to Cumberland Alerts, the County’s emergency notification system. Go to for more information about the tornado drill.


“All residents should take this opportunity to practice what to do in the event a severe thunderstorm or tornado takes place,” Emergency Services Director Randy Beeman said. “Tornadoes and flash floods can develop at a moment’s notice; take time now to prepare and keep you and your loved ones safe.”


Beeman encouraged Cumberland County residents to sign up for Cumberland Alerts. It’s free and easy to sign up. Just go to the county’s homepage at and click on the Cumberland Alerts icon at the top corner or bottom of the page. Cumberland Alerts sends time-sensitive severe weather information to a user’s home, mobile or business phone, via text message, email and more. Users can select a preferred communication method. Cumberland Alerts also sends critical information for non-weather emergencies such as evacuations and protective actions. Individuals, churches, groups and businesses can sign up.


Online Resources

Make sure you have an emergency plan you can go over with your family about where to meet or gather in the event of severe weather. Memorize phone numbers or have a list of important numbers with you at all times. Get help making a plan and preparing a severe weather preparedness kit by going to or


Cumberland County Emergency Services is located in the Law Enforcement Center, 131 Dick St., Fayetteville. Call 910-321-6736 or go to for more information.