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Governor Herbert Declares Oct. 23 - 29 Winter Weather Preparedness Week

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has declared Oct. 23 - 29, 2011 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Utah. The week is an excellent time for individuals, families, businesses, government, schools and media outlets to learn more about winter weather terms and safety rules and review their winter storm preparedness plans.

"Proper planning can save lives," said Governor Herbert. "I call on my fellow Utahns to be cautious on snowy roadways, to heed avalanche warnings and to let someone know your travel plans."
 
"Preparedness means having extra food in your vehicle, keeping your gas tank near full and paying attention to weather reports," Governor Herbert said.

Winter weather is a significant threat. In an average year, winter weather is directly or indirectly involved in 400,000 vehicular accidents in the United States, leading to 1,300 fatalities. Additionally, many lose their lives due to avalanches or exposure to extreme cold.

The National Weather Service has partnered with the Utah Department of Public Safety, Utah Department of Transportation, Utah State Parks and Recreation, the U.S. Forest Service, Forecast Service Utah Avalanche Center and the American Red Cross to provide winter weather preparedness information via a Winter Weather Preparedness Week Web site.

Click here  for the National Weather Service's winter weather preparedness page (http://1.usa.gov/2011winter) to learn how to protect yourself, your loved ones and your livelihood this winter. Additionally, the Utah Department of Public Safety's Division of Emergency Management and American Red Cross offer excellent information and safety tips for winter storms at http://bereadyutah.gov and www.utahredcross.org. Remember to make a plan, get a kit, be informed and get involved.

A copy of the governor's declaration may be downloaded here <http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/slc/wxsafety/Declaration.pdf> .

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