Published On: Tue, May 22nd, 2018

AccuWeather Ready Program Advocates Summer Safety with New Preparedness Information and Weekly Facebook Live Events

AccuWeather encourages users to “Be AccuWeather Ready” for summer with exclusive weather preparedness information each week on Facebook Live, in addition to news, videos, alerts, and other resources designed to help people stay informed, safe and healthy throughout the season.
AccuWeather Ready Program Advocates Summer Safety with New Preparedness Information and Weekly Facebook Live Events.

AccuWeather Global Weather Center — May 22, 2018 
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As temperatures rise and people spend more time outdoors, the world’s largest, fastest-growing and most trusted provider of weather forecasts and warnings wants you to be “AccuWeather Ready” for summer weather conditions. Throughout the season, AccuWeather, renowned for its well-documented record of Superior Accuracy™, is providing life-saving safety information that can help people prepare for summer’s weather risks.
 
New safety information will be available at www.AccuWeather.com/Ready on May 23 to help users prepare for intense heat, lightning, beach hazards, and flooding prior to summer travel, events, and activities. To further raise awareness during National Safety Month, the AccuWeather Ready program will also present a series of Facebook Live events each Wednesday from May 23 through June 27 at 1 p.m. U.S. EDT, each featuring an expert meteorologist from AccuWeather or another skilled professional from external agencies to address a myriad of summer safety concerns and issues. The live events will be viewable at http://facebook.com/accuweather/
The AccuWeather Ready site at http://accuweather.com/ready includes educational weather news and videos, facts about the potential health impacts of different weather events, safety tips and resources, personalized weather preparedness plans, detailed checklists, and more. AccuWeather Ready videos are featured on the AccuWeather Network. Users also can view AccuWeather Ready videos and receive severe weather push notifications in the AccuWeather app on iOS and Android. 
 
New resources added to the site to help visitors prepare for summer weather will include:
  • Information about the psychological impact of disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes. 
  • A fact sheet on tropical storms and checklists to help you prepare for them. 
  • Facts about the risks of cold water in rivers and lakes for some time even after air temperatures warm. 
  • Guidelines to ensure heat safety and lightning safety.
  • Information on rip tides and how to avoid them.
Hundreds of people are injured or die each year in incidents associated with summer weather events, including tornadoes, rain and thunderstorms, floods and more. AccuWeather, which provides warnings for all types of severe weather-including hurricanes, tropical storms, excessive heat and humidity, lightning, heavy rains and wind, lightning, flooding and tornadoes — wants people to be prepared and safe as temperatures rise and more outdoor activities are planned.  
 
By providing forecasts and warnings with Superior Accuracy™, AccuWeather helps save more lives, keeps more people safe, and helps people and companies plan more effectively in all weather conditions. The AccuWeather Ready initiative takes this commitment even further by providing weather preparedness updates and tools when they matter the most, personalizing the weather so people can improve their lives. 
 
“AccuWeather’s meteorologists alert you to the possibility of severe weather not just a few minutes ahead of time, but several days in advance,” said Evan Myers, AccuWeather’s Chief Operating Officer and Senior Meteorologist. “So you can start thinking about things you need to do to prepare, and with AccuWeather Ready, all the information you need to keep yourself safe when severe weather hits, is gathered in one place.”
 
Summer Weather Facts
  • Heat is the leading weather-related cause of death in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year.
  • With an outside temperature of 80 degrees, it only takes one hour for the temperature inside a car to reach a deadly 123 degrees.
  • A storm is classified as a tropical storm when its sustained winds reach 39 mph; it becomes a hurricane when the sustained winds reach 74 mph.
  • Storms with winds above 74 mph are called “hurricanes” in the Atlantic and East Pacific oceans, “typhoons” in the West Pacific Ocean, and “cyclones” in the Indian and South Pacific Oceans.
  • The energy from one bolt of lightning can light a 100-watt light bulb for more than three months.
 
Facebook Live Events
To get important life-saving information to more people and to answer questions they might have, the AccuWeather Ready program will also present a series of events on Facebook each Wednesday, May 23 through June 27 at 1 p.m. U.S. EDT, each featuring an expert meteorologist from AccuWeather or another skilled professional from external agencies. The live events will be viewable at http://facebook.com/accuweather 
 
Julia Weiden, global weather expert and on-air meteorologist at AccuWeather, will host the conversations. The topics include:
  • May 23 – Heat and its effects on kids, pets, and the elderly
  • May 30 – Hurricanes (June 1st is the beginning of hurricane season)
  • June 6 – The impact of hurricanes on children
  • June 13 – Travel
  • June 20 – Lightning (the week of June 24th is National Lightning Safety Week)
  • June 27 – Mosquitos and other insects
 
The AccuWeather Ready program demonstrates AccuWeather’s continued leadership and commitment as a U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador. NOAA named AccuWeather  as one of its first Ambassadors in the weather enterprise initiative, launched in 2014 to recognize organizations committed to helping the nation be better prepared for, respond to, and recover from weather-related disasters. AccuWeather and NOAA have been partners for many years. The company has supported NOAA and National Weather Service (NWS) budgets in testimony and presentations before the United States Congress and with the Office of Management and Budget, as well as other federal agencies. AccuWeather has been a longtime cooperation partner with NOAA.
 
Source & Image Credit: AccuWeather, Inc. and AccuWeather.com

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