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Ginger Walker
Emergency Management Specialist
Planning and Business Continuity


UH Community Urged to be Prepared for Weather Disasters

Houston, March 12, 2014 - The University of Houston's Emergency Management Bureau urges the UH community to "be a force of nature" by being prepared for any potential weather disaster.

Each year, people in this country are killed or seriously injured by all types of extreme weather, despite advance warning. In 2012, there were more than 450 fatalities and nearly 2,600 injuries due to extreme weather, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, extreme heat and wildfires.

NOAA's Weather-Ready Nation initiative is about building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events.

As part of the initiative, NOAA, along with partners such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, wants to motivate individuals and communities to take actions that will prepare them in the event of a weather disaster and to share their preparedness steps with others.

These actions can save lives anywhere - at home, in schools, and in the workplace before tornadoes, hurricanes, and other extreme types of weather strike.

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The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation's best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation's fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 39,500 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country.