An annual tradition will take place this week, and it adds some fun to severe weather preparedness.
What You Need To Know
- Discuss with your family what weather hazards happen where you live
- Designate a “safe place” in your home, work, or school
- Practice going to your safe place and take a selfie
- Post on April 7, 2021 at 11:11 a.m. local time
It is called #SafePlaceSelfie Day. Participating is simple: identify what severe weather hazards you might face where you live, practice going to your designated “safe place,” snap a selfie, and post on social media using the hashtag #SafePlaceSelfie.
With #SafePlaceSelfie Day being April 7 this year, you’re encouraged to post that photo to social media at 11:11 a.m. local time to help spread the word on being prepared.
Knowing your safe place at home, work, and school is one of the most essential preparedness activities that can save lives during extreme weather.
“What is unique about the #SafePlaceSelfie campaign is that it captures preparedness in action. Practicing the act of going to your safe place leads to less hesitation or confusion when hazardous weather threatens,” said Doug Hilderbrand, Preparedness and Resilience Program Lead at the National Weather Service headquarters.
The most secure safe place is one that is away from windows and doors on the lowest level possible. This might be an interior closet, bathroom, hallway, or storage area.
Remember your pets and also what disaster supplies you might want to have in kit in the event of an emergency. This can be planning for severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, high wind, hurricanes, or other hazards.
It is crucial to keep severe weather safety top of mind despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
By posting a #SafePlaceSelfie, you can set an example that others across your social network can follow.
In your social media post, you can also challenge family, friends, or colleagues to also take this lifesaving preparedness action. When you post your #SafePlaceSelfie, you can ask, “where is your safe place from extreme weather?”
This simple action can help someone you know or love get better prepared and potentially save their life during extreme weather events.
While #SafePlaceSelfie Day has been designated as April 7, there is never a bad time to post pictures of practicing severe weather safety. You can also share your photos with us using the Spectrum News App.