You can't predict, but you can prepare.

What is ReadyFORSYTH?

What is ReadyFORSYTH?

Jul 23, 2010

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Emergency Management and the Forsyth County Citizen Corps Council are proud to announce that Forsyth County citizens now have access to ReadyFORSYTH, a new website filled with emergency preparedness information. Do you know how to prepare your family for various emergencies? Are you sure that you would receive emergency alerts such...

Protect Your Pet From Extreme Heat

Protect Your Pet From Extreme Heat

Jul 21, 2010

Animals get hot, too!  Learn what you should do to protect your pet from suffering the ill effects of extreme...

Heat: The Silent Killer

Heat: The Silent Killer

Jul 21, 2010

From Jeff Orrock, NWS – Raleigh, Warning Coordination Meteorologist……….. The combination of heat and humidity will bring some of the hottest conditions of the summer this Thursday through Saturday (July 22-24, 2010) with heat index values ranging between 105‑110 degrees. While this is not the first heat wave of the summer, previous...

2010 CERT Refresher Training

2010 CERT Refresher Training

Jul 21, 2010

WINSTON-SALEM – The Forsyth County Citizen Corps Council offered the first tri-annual Joint Community Emergency Response Team Refresher Training on April 8, 2010, at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem. Forty current CERT members attended this free day-long training. A 30-minute CERT Program presentation was also conducted for...

NC National Guard Exercise Held in Forsyth County

NC National Guard Exercise Held in Forsyth County

Jul 20, 2010

TOBACCOVILLE – A North Carolina National Guard (NCNG), Forsyth County and Guilford County multi-agency, public safety terrorism drill was conducted on Tuesday, June 1 and Thursday, June 3, 2010 in the area near the intersection of Doral Road and Tobaccoville Road in Tobaccoville. The exercise focused on helping the National Guard assets and local...

Earthquakes

Earthquakes

Jul 14, 2010

(Source: USGS) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) defines an earthquake as “a sudden, rapid shaking of the earth caused by the breaking and shifting of rock beneath the earth’s surface.” Earthquakes result when stress forces build up along fractures or fault lines in the earth’s crust over extended periods of time. At the point where...

Flooding in Forsyth County

Flooding in Forsyth County

Jul 14, 2010

Areas susceptible to flood damage caused by heavy rainfall have been determined through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) floodplain-mapping program. The economic and human impact a hurricane or other heavy rainfall event has on a community depends greatly on how development has occurred within that community. Development in areas of high risk or...

Tornadoes

Tornadoes

Jul 14, 2010

Severe storms, such as thunderstorms and hurricanes, can produce concentrated windstorms called tornadoes. Tornadoes are violently rotating columns of air created where warm, moist air intersects with cold, dry air. Tornadoes have a much more localized impact than a hurricane or nor’easter and have been known to destroy one building while leaving a nearby...

Severe Thunderstorms

Severe Thunderstorms

Jul 14, 2010

(Photo courtesy of Ken Cheek) According to the North Carolina State Climate Office, thunderstorms typically are 15 miles or less in diameter and last an average of 20 to 30 minutes. Downbursts and straight-line winds associated with thunderstorms can produce winds of 100-150 miles per hour – enough to flip large trucks and endanger airplane landings and...

Hurricanes & Tropical Storms

Hurricanes & Tropical Storms

Jul 13, 2010

Hurricanes are cyclonic low-pressure system storms originating in tropical ocean waters and fueled by latent heat from the condensation of warm water. Hurricanes and tropical storms that affect North Carolina normally form in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of western Africa between the months of June and November with the peak season occurring in early...