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With the Spring season in full bloom, flowers and allergies aren't the only things that come this time of year. North Texans are getting used to hearing the sound of frequent thunder again. The DFW Metroplex faces a heightened risk for many life-threatening severe weather hazards—lightning, hail, flash floods, and tornadoes—during the months of March thru June. While Mother Nature can surely paint a beautiful sky, it is also a great opportunity to brush up on some important severe weather safety knowledge. Get ahead of the storms by attending Life Safety Park's free 'Severe Weather Preparedness' class on the evening of Thursday, April 25.
Guest presenter Jeff Ray, Meteorologist for CBS DFW Channel 11, will cover local hazard risk statistics, weather myths and facts, and preparedness actions families can take both before and during severe weather. Class attendees will also get a glimpse of a day in the life of a broadcast meteorologist, learning what it's like behind the camera during severe weather coverage. The class will be interactive, so attendees are encouraged to bring their smart phones or tablet devices.
In Texas, the risk of severe weather is real, and the danger must be addressed. On average, over 280 fatalities and over 3,000 injuries occur each year in the U.S. from thunderstorm-related hazards, according to the National Weather Service. Tornadoes alone cause an average of 60-65 annual fatalities, in addition to the millions of dollars in damage their strong wind speeds produce. Coppell Life Safety Park encourages all Coppell residents to be 'Weather Ready' this storm season by attending this free course. The class is appropriate for adults, high school students, and anybody just curious about the weather. Registration is required. Class begins at 6 PM, and the last 30 minutes of class will be devoted to question-and-answer with Jeff.
More information and class registration can be found online at LifeSafetyPark.org.