ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Governor Kathy Hochul declared this week, April 25 through April 29, Severe Weather Awareness Week, which focuses on educating New Yorkers about the seasonal dangers of flooding, tornadoes and thunderstorms during the spring and summer months.

“As climate change continues to threaten communities across New York State, we are laser focused on educating and preparing New Yorkers for severe weather so they can be better equipped for future storms,” Governor Hochul said. “Severe weather events are becoming more common in New York, and as summer comes around the corner, residents should be prepared for what will come in the future. I encourage all New Yorkers to learn more about severe weather and the hazards created by thunderstorms, flooding and tornadoes so you know how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe in a weather emergency.”

According to the CDC, nearly half of Americans don’t have emergency supplies and 44% don’t have a basic first aid kit. New Yorkers are encouraged to have an emergency plan ready for severe weather events.

“New York State can experience severe weather throughout the year, especially during the spring and summer months, which is why it’s so important New Yorkers know how to manage the threats of severe weather. New Yorkers can tune into our social media this week to learn how to prepare for and respond to severe weather. When dangerous storms strike, it is necessary to have a plan and be ready to take shelter or evacuate, depending on the situation,” said State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray.

Below are the four steps to personal preparedness that all New Yorkers should know:

  1. Make a Plan: Develop a plan for you and your family at home, school, work and outdoors. Identify a safe place to take shelter – both at and away from home – and know what actions to take when an emergency warning is issued.
  2. Prepare a Kit: Emergency supplies for your home and car should last 7-10 days and include a flashlight, a weather radio that receives broadcasts directly from the National Weather Service, and extra batteries. Plan for family medical needs and medicines, and make sure you have emergency supplies for all family pets.
  3. Be Informed: Stay tuned to TV and radio stations for Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages and follow any local emergency orders. Receive emergency information via your computer or cell phone by subscribing to NY Alert at alert.ny.gov, a free service that provides critical emergency information.
  4. Get Involved: Contact your local emergency management office to learn more about emergency plans and personal preparedness tips. Consider volunteering with organizations such as the American Red CrossNew York CaresVolunteer NY, or the Salvation Army.