Severe Weather Preparedness Week

PRESS RELEASE: March 2, 2018

Pitt County Recognizes Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Awareness activities and efforts planned for the entire week of March 4-10, 2018

Severe Weather Preparedness Week runs from Sunday, March 4 - Saturday, March 10, 2018. During this year’s event, Pitt County Emergency Management (PCEM), in conjunction with the Pitt County Health Department (PCHD) have planned various activities and awareness efforts scheduled throughout the entire week. These efforts include:

Tornado Drills: A statewide tornado drill is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at 9:30am. Pitt County Emergency Management Director, Allen Everette and Pitt County Public Health Preparedness Coordinator Kathy Sheppard, will join Pitt County Schools Superintendent Dr. Ethan Lenker and the staff of G.R. Whitfield Elementary School for this drill, with all officials available to the media beforehand. G.R. Whitfield is located at 4839 School Rd, Grimesland, NC 27837. Pre-drill media availability will be between 9:00am-9:20am.

Social Media: Both the PCEM and PCHD Facebook pages (@PittCountyEM and @PittCountyHealthDepartment) will feature posts and videos containing important safety information, related to the daily theme. These posts will also be shared on the “@PittCountyNC” Facebook and Twitter pages.

Tip Cards: Small, wallet-sized “Tip Cards” featuring basic preparedness information will be distributed by Emergency Management staff throughout the week. Individuals or groups interested in obtaining these cards for personal use or distribution can contact the PCEM offices at 252-902-3950.

Website: The Pitt County website will feature the Severe Weather Preparedness Week banner image at the top of the homepage, in addition to an entire page devoted to the week’s recognitions, which can be visited at www.PittCountyNC.gov/Ready.

Banners/Message Boards: A 6’ wide vinyl banner announcing the week will be on display at the County Administrative building, located at 1717 West 5th Street in Greenville, in addition to 5 smaller banners posted throughout various Pitt County facilities. In addition, lighted DOT roadside message boards will also promote preparedness to passing motorist at various locations throughout the County.

These recognitions serve as part of the ongoing dedication PCEM staff have to keeping residents informed, prepared, and safe in all kinds of inclement weather.

Severe Weather Preparedness

Be prepared when severe weather strikes with helpful information from the following sources:

www.READY.gov

NOAA

www.WEATHER.gov