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?