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Late Season Storms: Remember Severe Weather Preparedness

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October 30, 2013
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CHICAGO - With an ominous Thursday forecast for the Ohio Valley that includes severe storms, heavy rains and strong winds, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region V encourages everyone to get prepared.

“Even though temperatures are dropping as we approach the winter months, severe storms are still a risk,” FEMA Region V Administrator Andrew Velasquez III said. “Knowing what to do before the storm will help keep you and your family safe.”

Individuals living throughout the Ohio Valley, which includes east and southeast Indiana, and central, south central and southwest Ohio, should follow the instructions of state and local officials and listen to local radio or TV stations for updated emergency information related to this storm system. If a warning is issued, get indoors, and move to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls.

Find valuable tips to help you prepare for severe weather at or download the free FEMA app, available for your Android, Apple or Blackberry device. Visit the site or download the app today so you have the information you need to prepare for severe weather.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow FEMA online at,, and  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.


Media Contact: Cassie Ringsdorf, 312-408-4455

Last Updated: 
October 30, 2013 - 16:38
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