Disclosure: This Post is sponsored by Accuweather and opinions expressed are honest & 100% my own.
Did you know November is the month with the most dramatic drop in temperatures? We've witnessed this right here in New York with a significant 30 degree fall from last week to now. It's safe to say the frigid chill was an indication that Winter is coming and I'm freaking out because I haven't even brought my winter coats up from storage yet due to the confusing and unseasonable 70 degree afternoons we had been enjoying for it to be mid November. A recent survey conducted by AccuWeather found that the number one weather-related concern Americans have this winter is being caught by surprise by inclement weather. Despite all the fun in the sun it would be foolish of us to not be aware of the hazards and precautions needed to be taken as the colder weather approaches.
Just looking at those pictures above that the hubby took last year around our Queens neighborhood has given me the goosies remembering how bad it can really get. Just a few days ago we were invited to the FDNY Fire Zone to learn all about the AccuWeather Ready initiative which is a new, year-round weather preparedness program that focuses on keeping people safe and informed.
AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, has extended its continued mission to save lives, protect property and help people prosper with its new severe weather preparedness program. With a shared goal to help educate and protect people, especially throughout the cold winter season, AccuWeather has partnered with the FDNY Foundation to educate local students on how to be ready for winter weather.
On Tuesday, November 22nd, more than 80 local 1st grade students from the Bronx were taken through an interactive demonstration on the top causes for fires and learned how the winter weather plays a contributing role. We had the chance to meet with (FDNY Foundation Chairman) Stephen, Ruzow, (FDNY Executive Director) Jean O' Shea, (Fire Zone Director) Nerisha Rivero, and Lieutenant Mancusto (Fire Safey Spokesperson). Also in attendance were the AccuWeather staff: Chief Executive Officer, Barry Lee Myers, Chief Marketing Officer, John Dokes and Meteorologist Laura Velasquez.
Since 1995, hundreds of floods, storms, heat waves, and droughts have left more than 600,000 people dead and 4.1 billion injured or homeless around the world, according to the United Nations. By providing the most accurate and most effectively communicated forecasts worldwide, focused on impacts -- telling people how, why, and what they need to do in order to save lives and minimize losses -- AccuWeather has saved tens of thousands of lives and prevented tens of billions of dollars in property damage.
There was an informative discussion on how New Yorkers and just families in general may use unsafe methods to keep their homes warm like not taking proper safety precautions with space heaters and how difficult the job of the FDNY becomes with the hazardous weather conditions they face while responding to fire and medical emergencies.
With a donation of $25,00 from AccuWeather, the FDNY Foundation's efforts to provide safety education awareness, and outreach initiatives including the foundation-funded Fire Zone, a state of the art fire safety learning center for teachers, parents and kids located at Rockefeller Center will help them to provide additional resources to make a difference in the support they offer.
What new inclement weather tip are you planning to implement into your prepare for winter planning? From experience what best tip can you provide?
In the winter I always like to have an emergency kit in my trunk. If I get stuck somewhere in the side of the road I want to make sure that my family and I are definitely taken care of.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for sharing this information. Winter can be a very dangerous time for fire-related issues. We're running furnaces all the time, and so many people use space heaters. You have to be careful!ReplyDelete
I have only admit I am awful for preparing for bad weather I really should make sure I do more. Especially with it being a lot colder this year than previous ones so far.ReplyDelete
We were trapped by an ice storm that shut down power for over a week a couple years ago. We are definitely making sure that our generator is up, running, and easy to access over these winter months.ReplyDelete
We're still in shorts and flip flops here in SC. It is turning colder next week and sometimes during the winter months we get ice storms. I make sure I'm prepared in case we lose electricity.ReplyDelete
What a wonder and useful field trip for children to go on. Learn about weather and how fires get started and how fast something can go up in flames. Great educational tour.ReplyDelete
Last year, we only had one big snowstorm, but it was a big one! I hope we don't have any major storms this year, but it's so important to be prepared!ReplyDelete
We were once without power for 2 weeks because of a big storm. So we are always prepared now! Great tips!ReplyDelete
It definitely is getting cold and yes it is great information to share on how to protect our loved ones and our homes. My coat has been out. I have been wearing hat, scarf, gloves. Can never be too warm. LOLReplyDelete
I am lucky to live in the south so it gets cold here but not too cold. I really hope I didn't just jinx it but preparing for winter is very important!ReplyDelete
We live in Canada and in the city I am in we've had 2-15 days without power each winter in the last 6 years so we are always trying to prepare and make sure we are equipped for what comes! - JeanineReplyDelete
Dont remind me that winter is coming! I really dislike snow. It is a rude awakening after such a warm fall. This was a very helpful post, thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Thank you for these downloadable tips. I am so not looking forward to the harsh winters here.ReplyDelete
LOVE accuweather! This is super useful to stay ahead of the weather this winter.ReplyDelete
I live in MN and it's true that people leave their heaters on too close to things, or they don't have the safe heaters that turn off when too hot or tip over... I hear it on the news all the time, it's so sad! I'm glad you're spreading the word to this : )ReplyDelete
Those downloadable tips are awesome! The last few winters here in Chicago have actually been unseasonably warm (we avoided that huge snowmageddon that hit the East Coast last year) but I hear this year is gong to be super cold so we've definitely been preparing.ReplyDelete
Here in DC we get pretty nasty winters as well. I make sure we have our emergency kits in our vehicles. We stay on top of the weather reports and we stay inside when they suggest it. Despite all of that I'm looking forward to snow days on the inside.ReplyDelete
That app can be a lifesaver for the winter. It is important that we are always prepared.ReplyDelete