FEMA Urges families To Prepare For Winter Weather

Release No.: R1-02-24
Release Date: December 3, 2002


Boston, MA --As severe winter weather hits New England, it is time to make plans and get prepared. With this in mind, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging everyone to take preventive measures now to ensure your safety and take the sting out of wintry weather:

"Most people may know that New England weather can be unpredictable. It can immobilize the region and result in the loss of life and property," said FEMA Regional Director, Daniel A. Craig. "Everyone has a responsibility to do what they can to make sure that their families and elderly neighbors are as prepared as possible, no matter what the risk."

Winter storms accounted for five national major disasters and eight emergency declarations in 2001, as well as, five major disasters and one emergency declaration to date in 2002. The severe weather damaged homes and businesses from New York to Oregon. For more information and tips on what you can do to prepare for winter weather, visit www.fema.gov.